He had just been hired for its 45th season.
Comedian Shane Gillis won't be proud as a peacock after all. NBC has fired the jokester soon after announcing his hiring as a cast member for the 45th season of Saturday Night Live. Gillis was set to join two other new hires, including its first-ever Asian-American cast member, Bowen Yang, who also happens to be openly gay.
Gillis was fired after the network learned of some homophobic comments he made during a podcast.
“After talking with Shane Gillis, we have decided that he will not be joining SNL,” says a show spokesperson on behalf of SNL boss Lorne Michaels. “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 a 2018 taping of the show called Matt and Shane’s Secret Podcast, Shane made a racists slur about New York's Chinatown, asking “Why do the f–ing ch–ks live there?”
In another episode the comedian called Judd Apatow and Chris Gethard, “white fa**ot comics,” calling them “f***ing gayer than ISIS.”
The comic addressed his behavior in a statement on Twitter this past Thursday:
“I’m a comedian who pushes boundaries,” he tweeted. “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. My intention is never to hurt anyone but I am trying to be the best comedian I can be and sometimes that requires risks.”