September 17, 2019
Did they really fire him because of the politically incorrect jokes?
Or were they just afraid of having someone funny on the show?
US comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live has dropped a new cast member after videos surfaced online of him making slurs about Chinese people.
Shane Gillis, 31, came under fire soon after his casting was announced when footage resurfaced from a podcast featuring the comic.
“After talking with Shane Gillis, we have decided that he will not be joining SNL,” said a SNL spokesman.
Mr Gillis wrote on Twitter that he respected the show’s decision.
“Of course I wanted an opportunity to prove myself at SNL, but I understand it would be too much of a distraction,” he said, just a week after it was announced he would join the NBC show.
— Shane Gillis (@Shanemgillis) September 16, 2019
The SNL spokesman said in Monday’s statement that the decision to fire Mr Gillis – less than one week after his casting was announced – followed a discussion with the comic.
“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.”
Mr Gillis’ casting came under scrutiny just hours after SNL announced he would be one of three new hires for the show’s 45th season.
A podcast from September 2018 was circulated in which Mr Gillis mocked Chinese people and described his remarks as “nice racism”.
In another episode from the same month, Mr Gillis was heard using homophobic slurs to describe Hollywood producer Judd Apatow and comedian Chris Gethard.
Mr Gillis defended the comments on Twitter saying he is a comedian “who pushes boundaries”.
He continued: “My intention is never to hurt anyone but I am trying to be the best comedian I can be and sometimes that requires risks.”
Shortly after the recordings circulated, Good Good Comedy Theatre in Philadelphia, Mr Gillis’ hometown, said on Twitter the club had “deliberately chosen not to work” with him because of his “overt racism, sexism, homophobia – expressed both on and off stage”.
We, like many, were very quickly disgusted by Shane Gillis' overt racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia – expressed both on and off stage – upon working with him years ago. We've deliberately chosen not to work with him in the years since.
— Good Good Comedy Theatre (@goodgoodcomedy) September 13, 2019
This is after Andrew Yang, the official spokesman for the gook people, said that he didn’t care and comedians should be allowed to say racist shit.
There is never going to be anything funny on TV ever again.
At least not purposefully.
It will be funny if like, there is a war, and millions of people die. Mass shootings are also often funny.
But never a comedy show.
The only jokes will be like “so how about those white people huh they real stupid motherfuckas yeah.”