The US comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live has released a new cast member after videos have surfaced online, in which he showed blurs over Chinese podcasting with the comic.
"After talking with Shane Gillis, we decided he would not come to SNL," said a SNL spokesman.
Mr. Gillis wrote on Twitter that he respected the show's decision.
"Of course I wanted an opportunity to prove myself to SNL, but I understand that it would be too distracting," he said, just a week after it was announced he would join the NBC show.
The SNL spokesman said Monday's statement that the decision to dismiss Gillis ̵
"We Want SNL to Have a Variety of Voices and Dots We hired Shane for his talent as a comedian and his impressive audition for SNL.
" We were aware of his earlier remarks that have surfaced in recent days , unaware. The language he used is insulting, hurtful and unacceptable.
"We are sorry that we did not see these clips earlier and that our review process was not up to our standard." New hires for the 45th season of the show.
A podcast was aired in September 2018 in which Mr. Gillis mocked the Chinese and described his comments as "nice racism."
In another episode from the same month, Mr. Gillis was heard using Homophobic Bows to describe Hollywood producer Judd Apatow and comedian Chris Gethard.
Gillis defended the comments on Twitter and said he was a comedian who "crosses borders."
He continued, "My goal is never to hurt anyone, but I try to be the best comedian I can be, and sometimes that requires risks."
Shortly after the spread of the footage said the Good Good Comedy Theater in Philadelphia, Gillis & # 39; hometown, said on Twitter that the club "deliberately chose not to work with him" because he was "openly racist, sexist and homophobic – both on and off stage expressed ".
In addition to Mr. Gillis, SNL had announced the hiring of two more new cast members: Chloe Fineman and Bowen Yang.
Mr. Yang will be the first full-time Chinese-American actor in the series.