Live from New York, it will be … not Shane Gillis. The comedian, one of three new cast members recently announced for the upcoming 45th season of Saturday Night Live has been fired for a series of racist and homophobic comments that have surfaced online.
"After talking with Shane Gillis, we have decided that he will not switch to SNL ," says a show spokesman on behalf of SNL boss Lorne Michaels. "We want SNL to have a variety of voices and viewpoints on the show, and we hired Shane for his talent as a comedian and his impressive audition for SNL . We were not aware of his earlier remarks that have surfaced in the last few days. The language he used is insulting, hurtful and unacceptable. We are sorry that we have not seen these clips before and that our review process was not up to our standard.
Just hours after Gillis' casting was announced on September 12 we started tweeting with clippings from a particularly insulting episode of Matt and Shane's Secret Podcast, The Gillis Moderated in 2018 together with his comic colleague Matt McCusker. During a conversation about Chinatown in New York, Gillis used a racist. In another episode, Gillis noted that Judd Apatow and Chris Gethard were referred to as "white F-Got comics" and referred to them as "f-ing gayer than ISIS". "As if it were not bad enough that Gillis made these racist and homophobic utterances, Bowen Yang, an openly gay Asian-American, is one of the other new additions to SNL . The other addition is Groundling's performer Chloe Fineman.
In response to the backlash Gillis released a statement on Thursday that frankly did him no favor. "I'm a comedian who crosses borders," he tweeted. "I miss sometimes. If you go through my 10 year comedy, which is mostly bad, you will find many bad mistakes. I'm glad to apologize to anyone who is actually offended by something I've said. I intend to never hurt anyone, but I try to be the best comedian I can be, and sometimes that takes risks.
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