Comedian Shane Gillis fired from SNL after videos emerged of him using racial and homophobic slurs
Comedian Shane Gillis has been fired from Saturday Night Live after videos emerged of him using racial and homophobic slurs during a conversation on a podcast in May.
Gillis’ departure comes just four days after he was announced as one of three new cast members joining SNL’s upcoming season.
‘After talking with Shane Gillis, we have decided that he will not be joining SNL,’ a show spokesperson said Monday on behalf of executive producer Lorne Michaels.
‘We want SNL to have a variety of voices and points of view within the show, and we hired Shane on the strength of his talent as comedian and his impressive audition for SNL.
‘We were not aware of his prior remarks that have surfaced over the past few days. The language he used is offensive, hurtful and unacceptable. We are sorry that we did not see these clips earlier, and that our vetting process was not up to our standard.’
Gillis responded to the reports on Twitter, writing: ‘It feels ridiculous for comedians to be making serious public statements but here we are. I’m a comedian who was funny enough to get SNL. That can’t be taken away.
‘Of course I wanted an opportunity to prove myself at SNL, but I understand it would be too much of a distraction. I respect the decision they made. I’m honestly grateful for the opportunity. I was always a mad TV guy anyway.’
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Comedian Shane Gillis has been fired from Saturday Night Live after videos emerged of him using racial and homophobic slurs during a conversation on a podcast in May. Gillis’ departure comes just four days after he was announced as one of three new cast members joining SNL’s upcoming season
Gillis responded to the reports about his firing in a statement on Twitter (above)
Gillis was unveiled as a new SNL cast member on Thursday, alongside Chloe Fineman and Bowen Yang, the first full-time cast member of the sketch comedy series who is of East Asian descent.
Soon after, several clips surfaced in which the comedian used racist and homophobic slurs on numerous occasions – most recently on an episode of Matt and Shane’s Secret Podcast in May of this year.
In the podcast, Gillis and Matt McCusker mocked comedians Judd Apatow and Chris Gethard, referring to them as ‘white f****t comics’ and ‘f***ing gayer than ISIS.’
Gillis is also heard telling McCusker that their conversation is ‘nice racism, good racism.’
Another clip emerged from a September 2018 podcast episode in which Gillis referred to people living in New York City’s Chinatown as ‘f***ing c***ks’.
He also mocked a Chinese accent and the language barrier in the video, saying: ‘Chinatown’s f***ing nuts.’
‘The translation between you and the waiter it’s just such a f***ing hassle, it’s like can you, I’m pointing at it, like this is the f***ing noodles.’
Gillis quickly issued an apology for 10 years of mostly ‘bad’ comedy on Twitter.
‘I’m a comedian who pushes boundaries. I sometimes miss. If you go through my 10 years of comedy, most of it bad, you’re going to find a lot of bad misses,’ Gillis said in his apology note.
‘I’m happy to apologize to anyone who’s actually offended by anything I’ve said. My intention is never to hurt anyone but I am trying to be the best comedian I can be and sometimes that requires risks.’
Gillis apologized for 10 years of ‘bad comedy’ in a tweet on Thursday (above)
In a May 2019 episode of Matt and Shane’s Secret Podcast, Gillis (above) is heard mocking comedians Judd Apatow and Chris Gethard, referring to them as ‘white f****t comics’ and ‘f***ing gayer than ISIS’
Gillis’ apology was not well received on social media, with many users asserting that he was trying to make it seem as though the comments were not recent.
‘Calling people chinks and saying it’s annoying when they try to learn English isn’t a risk, its racist,’ Deadpool 2 actor Lewis Tan said on Twitter. ‘My family damn near died to be here. You were racist. It’s only a risk if you talk this way around me, then it is a risk as my intention will be different than yours.’
The sentiment was shared by actor Yoshi Sudarso, who added: ‘Are you serious? THIS is what you’ve got to say for that crap from LAST YEAR?! Absolute trash…’
‘Single Parents’ star Jake Choi declared: ‘Man shut your stupid racist a*s up. Foh.’
‘Your words still seem very pointed,’ commented Soju, a drag queen known for her time on RuPaul’s Drag Race. ‘Must be nice being a straight white man.’
Actor Lenny Jacobson shared his own note that said: ‘Look guys to be the best racist I can be I gotta push boundaries and take risk… I’m sorry You were offended.’
Many social media users called the comments racist, including actor Lewis Tan
Others noted that the comedian was trying to place distance between his new role and the time the comments were made, including actor Yoshi Sudarso
‘Single Parents’ star Jake Choi declared: ‘Man shut your stupid racist a*s up. Foh’
The September 2018 podcast video was originally posted by comedy critic Seth Simons and quickly went viral.
Comedian Adam Conover, who created and hosts truTV show ‘Adam Ruins Everything’, shared it, writing: ‘Jesus.’
Twitter user Shane wrote: ‘What’s the shortest amount of time an SNL cast member has lasted.’
‘Man gets angry that Chinese food has additives in, somehow forgetting that he’s from America,’ Amy Rose quipped.
‘You mean to tell me the guy that guy hired for SNL is caught on tape doing a silly voice?!’ Michael Rainey added.
Christopher Marc wrote: ‘SNL hires an Asian comedian to the cast and then also this MAGA one who used a bunch of racial slurs on camera.’
DailyMail.com reached out to NBC and Gillis for comment but did not immediately hear back before publishing.
‘Your words still seem very pointed,’ commented Soju, a drag queen known for her time on RuPaul’s Drag Race. ‘Must be nice being a straight white man’
Actor Lenny Jacobson shared his own note that said: ‘Look guys to be the best racist I can be I gotta push boundaries and take risk… I’m sorry You were offended’
Gillis and the other future cast members were officially welcomed by the SNL’s official Twitter page on Thursday with the comment ‘Season 45 Alert.’
The new additions were announced around two weeks after Leslie Jones revealed to she would be leaving the show after five seasons.
The first episode of the new season is due to air on September 28, with host Woody Harrelson and performances by Billie Eilish.
Gillis (left) had been announced as one of the new Saturday Night Live cast members alongside Bowen Yang (center), the shows first full-time cast member of East Asian descent, and Chloe Fineman (right). The new season is due to air September 28