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Shane Gillis Dropped From ‘Saturday Night Live’ After Racist Jokes Resurface

Show claims it was “not aware” of comedian’s prior remarks, some of which were made on podcasts released earlier this year

Shane Gillis performs onstage at the 2019 Clusterfest on June 21, 2019 in San Francisco, California.

Shane Gillis performs onstage at the 2019 Clusterfest on June 21, 2019 in San Francisco, California.

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Shane Gillis will not join the cast of Saturday Night Live this fall, a spokesperson for the show on behalf of Lorne Michaels told The New York Times.

“After talking with Shane Gillis, we have decided that he will not be joining SNL,” the statement read. “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 responded to the news with his own statement: “It feels ridiculous for comedians to be making serious public statements but here we are. I’m a comedian who was funny enough to get SNL. That can’t be taken away. 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.”

Gillis was named a new SNL cast member last week, but soon after the announcement, prior comments of his resurfaced, in which he made racist, homophobic and sexist remarks on several podcast episodes, some of which were as recent as May of this year. Gillis issued a statement at the time, saying, “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.”

Saturday Night Live returns September 28th, with new cast members Chloe Fineman and Bowen Yang.

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