Update: Kiciński’s comments minimizing the impact of crunch on the studio sparked an immediate backlash, which he has now apologized for in an email sent to employees, obtained by Jason Schreier of Bloomberg.
“I had not wanted to comment on crunch, yet I still did, and I did it in a demeaning and harmful way,” he said. “Truth be told, it’s only now, when the stress connected with the delay decision an the call itself is lifting, that I’m fulling realizing the extent of my words.”
“I have nothing to say in my defense. What I said was not even unfortunate, it was utterly bad. For that, please accept my most sincere and honest apologies.”
Kiciński also invited employees who want to speak with him directly to join him in person or online for a chat. The crunch presumably continues.