New “Saturday Night Live” cast member Shane Gillis has reportedly been fired over his racist and homophobic comments made on a podcast last year.
“After talking with Shane Gillis, we have decided that he will not be joining SNL,” a spokesperson for the late night comedy show said in a statement Monday, per The Huffington Post, “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.”
In the podcast from 2018, Gillis is heard mocking people of Chinese descent and calling Chinatown “f***ing nuts” and “full f***ing China.” He went on to say that “an Asian trying to learn English” bothers him more than “any other minority playing music in a restaurant loud on their phone.” He also went on in the podcast to mock comedians who had spoken out on mental health, calling them homophobic slurs.
“I’m happy to apologize to anyone who’s actually offended by anything I’ve said,” Gillis tweeted Thursday, “My intention is never to hurt anyone but I am trying to be the best comedian I can be and sometimes that requires risks.”