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NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” has decided not to hire Shane Gillis after offensive remarks from the comedian resurfaced.
“After talking with Shane Gillis, we have decided that he will not be joining SNL,” a spokesperson for SNL creator Lorne Michaels told BuzzFeed News on Monday. “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 a comedian and his impressive audition for SNL.”
The article goes on to state the following:
“We were not aware of his prior remarks that have surfaced over the past few days,” the spokesperson added. “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.”
“It feels ridiculous for comedians to be making serious public statements, but here we are,” Gillis wrote is a statement released on Twitter. “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 on SNL, but I understand it would be too much of a distraction. I’m honestly grateful for the opportunity. I was always a mad tv guy anyway.”
Gillis was made a racial slur against Asian people on a deleted podcast that resurfaced soon after he was hired. He was also accused of making anti-gay comments and stereotyping Muslims on his show.
today SNL announced the hiring of its first cast member of East Asian descent, and also this guy pic.twitter.com/0FAGJZJUkK
— Seth Simons (@sasimons) September 12, 2019
— Shane Gillis (@Shanemgillis) September 16, 2019
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