Last week, Saturday Night Live announced they had hired three new cast members for the upcoming season. Shane Gillis, one of the new hires, has been fired just days after the announcement over comments from 2018 that were deemed racist.
During a podcast from his show “Matt and Shane’s Secret Podcast,” Gillis told some jokes about people of Asian descent and those resurfaced after SNL made the announcement that he was joining the upcoming season.
Gillis, apologized, saying “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’m trying to be the best comedian I can be and sometimes that requires risks.”
— Shane Gillis (@Shanemgillis) September 13, 2019
Presidential candidate Andrew Yang weighed in after Gillis’ apology saying he didn’t think he should lose his job.
For the record, I do not think he should lose his job. We would benefit from being more forgiving rather than punitive. We are all human.
— Andrew Yang (@AndrewYang) September 14, 2019
SNL thought otherwise, saying “After talking with Shane Gillis, we have decided that he will not be joining ‘SNL,’. 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.”
Gillis tweeted that he respected the decision they made.
— Shane Gillis (@Shanemgillis) September 16, 2019