New ‘Saturday Night Live’ Cast Member Shane Gillis Fired Over Racial Slur Use

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“After talking with Shane Gillis, we have decided that he will not be joining SNL," an SNL spokesperson said on behalf of Lorne Michaels. 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.” "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.
Subsequently, other questionable comments made by Gillis on other editions of the podcast were unearthed, which made him continuing on SNL even more controversial.
He has performed stand-up at various New York clubs and was featured as a New Face at the Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal. Landing SNL was a big break for Gillis, whose résumé includes Comedy Central radio show The Bonfire.
The comments on the now-deleted video from a podcast, Matt and Shane’s Secret Podcast, were even more jarring since SNL that same day cast its first Asian-American cast member, Bowen Yang. The revelation spawned several days of continuous outcry. (Gillis, Yang and Chloe Fineman were announced as the new featured players for the upcoming season.) Just hours after Gillis was announced as a new featured player for the coming season last Thursday, a 2018 YouTube video surfaced in which he uses a racial slur against Asians.
(Read his full statement below). After his firing by NBC was announced, Gillis slapped back on Twitter, saying "I was always a Mad TV guy anyway," referring to SNL's one-time Fox rival.
The NBC comedy program just made the announcement, apologizing for any deficiencies in their vetting system that allowed for Gillis to be hired in the first place. Embattled stand-up comic Shane Gillis will not be joining Saturday Night Live this fall over the controversy surrounding his past racial slur use.
As backlash against Gillis' remarks grew and even involved Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, he issued a tepid apology on Instagram on Thursday night, in which he wrote, "I'm happy to apologize to anyone who’s actually offended by anything I’ve said," adding, "My intention is never to hurt anyone but I am trying to be the best comedian I can be and sometimes that requires risks."

Donald Trump Trashes ‘SNL’ As “Just A Political Ad For The Dems”, Praises Kanye West

Alec Baldwin won an Emmy last year for his guest shots impersonating the brow-furrowing, sour-faced POTUS — drawing laughs from the converted but grumbles from the president and his followers. He will be back in the role at some point this season. Lorne Michaels' show, of course, has made a meal of slamming Trump pretty much since he announced his White House ambitions in 2015 — and with relish post-election.
It's just a political ad for the Dems." PREVIOUS: President Donald Trump says he didn't watch last night's season premiere of Saturday Night Live, but he felt the need to weigh about it on Twitter anyway. POTUS trashed the late-night NBC staple — "even though I past hosted it" — as being "no longer funny, no talent or charm.
Then-candidate and former The Apprentice star Trump hosted SNL in November 2015 — a year before his election — and Michaels and NBC took no small amount of heat for it.” />
But he did praise musical guest Kanye West's pro-Trump, MAGA hat-wearing sermon that wrapped the episode. To wit:
"We will no longer outsource to other countries. "This represents good and America becoming whole again," he said. We build factories here in America and create jobs. We will provide jobs for all who are free from prisons as we abolish the 13th amendment. Message sent with love."

UPDATE: Kanye West added fuel to the post-Saturday Night Live Trumpian fire with a photo of him still donning his "Make America Great Again" cap with a caption suggesting we toss the 13th amendment, which abolishes slavery.

His message of love and support for the former Celebrity Apprentice host comes after he said that 400 years of slavery was a choice back in May.