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

Embattled stand-up comic Shane Gills will not be joining Saturday Night Live this fall.

“After talking with Shane Gillis, we have decided that he will not be joining SNL, an SNL spokesperson said on behalf of Lorne Michaels. “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.”

Several hours after Gills was announced as a new featured player for the coming season, a 2018 YouTube video surfaced in which he uses a racial slur against Asians.

After several days of continuous backlash, Gills has been let go. Gills’ offensive 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.

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