‘Squid Game’ creator claps back at NBA superstar Lebron James’ criticism of show’s ending

‘Squid Game’ creator claps back at NBA superstar Lebron James’ criticism of show’s ending
Bryan Ke
October 27, 2021
Hwang Dong-hyuk, director of the massively popular Netflix series “Squid Game,” did not pull his punches when he clapped back at LeBron James for criticizing the show’s ending.
What happened: The 36-year-old Los Angeles Lakers star was caught on camera discussing the ending of “Squid Game” with teammate Anthony Davis after a press conference on Oct. 12, according to ESPN.
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  • In their exchange, James said he did not like the ending of the show’s first season. He added, “I know they start it off with a Season 2 but, like, get on the f*cking flight and go see your daughter, bro. Like what are you doing?”
  • In an interview with The Guardian, the 50-year-old South Korean director said James is “cool and can say whatever he wants.” However, he stated that the ending of “Squid Game” is something he would never change.
  • “If he has his own ending that would satisfy him, maybe he could make his own sequel,” he continued. “I’ll check it out and maybe send him a message saying, ‘I liked your whole show, except the ending.’”
  • On Tuesday, James tweeted his surprise at Hwang’s response, saying, “This can’t be real right? I hope not.”
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Other details: “Squid Game,” which premiered on Sept. 17, became Netflix’s biggest series launch of all time, as NextShark previously reported. The South Korean show made around $891.1 million for the streaming platform.
  • Despite the financial success of the series, which was reportedly produced with a budget of $21.4 million, Hwang said he never received a bonus from Netflix.
  • “I’m not that rich,” he told The Guardian. “But I do have enough. I have enough to put food on the table. And it’s not like Netflix is paying me a bonus. Netflix paid me according to the original contract.”
Featured Image via Netflix Asia (left), @kingjames (right)
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