“Saturday Night Live” has fired one of its most recent hires, Shane Gillis, just days after videos of comedian making bigoted comments came to light.
“After talking with Shane Gillis, we have decided that he will not be joining ‘SNL,'” an ‘SNL’ spokesperson on behalf of Lorne Michaels said in a statement to CNN. “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.”
The NBC sketch show had announced Gillis’ hire last week , along with the additions of new series regulars Chloe Fineman and Bowen Yang. However, news broke that afternoon of Gillis’ history of making defamatory comments toward Chinese Americans as well as a homophobic slur during episodes of his and fellow comedian Matt McCusker’s “Matt and Shane’s Secret Podcast.”
Gillis responded to the backlash Thursday night, posting on Twitter that “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” and that “I’m happy to apologize to anyone who’s actually offended by anything I’ve said.”
— Shane Gillis (@Shanemgillis) September 13, 2019
— Shane Gillis (@Shanemgillis) September 16, 2019