Comedian Shane Gillis was fired from NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ Monday after a video surfaced of him using racial slurs towards Asians during a podcast.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the video was recorded over a year ago before his stint on SNL and a spokesperson for executive producer Lorne Michaels said in a statement that producers were unaware of Gillis’ history of using racial slurs on various platforms.
“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.”
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Gillis released his own statement on his official Twitter page and said he was “always a Mad TV guy anyway” in light of his termination from SNL’s lineup.
“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.”
The racial slurs were discovered after several fans pointed out that Gillis used them in a now-deleted video on a Youtube channel called “Matt and Shane’s Secret Podcast”. Another piece of audio from the show displays Gillis ranking comedians by race along with the use of homophobic slurs.
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