While comedian Shane Gillis was supposed to be enjoying his new gig as a cast member on the upcoming season of Saturday Night Live, his past actions have come back to haunt the comedian before he had a chance to start.
The comedian has been fired by the late nigh sketch show after racist comments resurfaced online.
“After talking with Shane Gillis, we have decided that he will not be joining SNL,” a spokesperson for the show said in a statement “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.”
After it was announced that Shane would be joining the cast, clips from his podcast, Matt and Shane’s Secret Podcast, came to light where Shane mocked the Chinese accent and made racist comments about the Asian community, which led the public to call for his dismissal.
Shane did share his version of an apology on Twitter, following the backlash.
“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. 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.”
— Shane Gillis (@Shanemgillis) September 13, 2019
Following the announcement of his firing, Shane responded to the news.
“It feels ridiculous for comedians to be making serious public statements but here we are,” Shane wrote in the post. “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.”
— Shane Gillis (@Shanemgillis) September 16, 2019