When people say “everything can change in a New York minute”, they aren’t joking around. Just a couple of days ago comedian Shane Gillis was on top of the world. He was on the receiving end of a ton of virtual congratulations for being added to the cast of Saturday Night Live.
Then a pile of racist banter he recorded on a podcast came back to kick him in the ass. Some of his “edgy” quips below:
Gillis can be seen using a racial slur in a resurfaced video posted to a YouTube channel called “Matt and Shane’s Secret Podcast.”
“Chinatown’s f—ing nuts,” Gillis says to comedian Matt McCusker in a segment of the longer YouTube video, which has been deleted. “Let the f—ing ch-nks live there.”
He also slurred 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang on a podcast in May.
Gillis referred to Yang as a “Jew ch–k” on a Memorial Day episode of the Real Ass Podcast, which is hosted by comedians Luis Gomez and Zac Amico.
Gillis attempted some quick public relations cleanup by taking to twitter with the following apology…
— Shane Gillis (@Shanemgillis) September 13, 2019
“I’m a comedian who pushes boundaries,”
“I sometimes miss. 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,”
Let’s just say his apology didn’t go over very well. Asian american actor Lewis Tan replied with a vicious response:
Calling people chinks and saying it’s annoying when they try to learn English isn’t a risk, its racist. My family damn near died to be here. You were racist. It’s only a risk if you talk this way around me, then it is a risk as my intention will be different than yours.
Ouch! Aside from his twitter apology Shane has decided to maintain radio silence. Which is probably a good thing for his sake.
Shane Gillis has been fired.
In a statement, an “SNL” spokesperson on behalf of “SNL” boss Lorne Michaels, had the following to say:
“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.”
Shane responded to his firing publicly via Twitter posting:
“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.”