Shane Gillis is one of the newcomers for Saturday Night Live's 45th season, but just hours after the casting news dropped, a video resurfaced of him using a racist slur.
“Chinatown’s f–king nuts,” the comedian said in the clip which was shared via Twitter. on Thursday.
“Let the f–king ch-nks live there.”
He went on to complain about eating at restaurants in the area.
“The translation between you and the waiter is such a f–king hassle,” he said to fellow comedian Matt McCusker. “I’m pointing at it.”
The footage in question comes from "Matt and Shane's Secret Podcast" and appears to be from September 2018.
In another video, Gillis appeared to call the conversation "nice racism, good racism."
(to clarify I mean the YouTube page; you can still find audio files here https://t.co/Jpkyyqztor)— Seth Simons (@sasimons) 12 September 2019
Gills took to Twitter shortly after the videos resurfaced and released the following statement:
“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.
My intention is never to hurt anyone but I am trying to be the best comedian I can be and sometimes that requires risks.”
NBC unveiled three new additions to the cast on Thursday, with Gillis Joining Chloe Fineman and Bowen Yang -- the series' first-ever Asian cast member.
The cast refresh came just wees after it was announced that Leslie Jones would be exiting her post on the long-running NBC series.
"Thank you for all the love and support through my SNL years and I know you will be as excited as I am when you see some of the amazing projects and adventures that I have coming up very soon!” Jones said via Twitter earlier this month.
“Love you all!!”
“I will miss working, creating and laughing with you."
“I will miss holding it down with Kenan [Thompson] everyday [sic], I will miss [Cecily Strong’s] impression of me making me laugh at myself often, I will miss [Kate McKinnon’s] loving hugs and talks when I needed."
"And of course, Colin [Jost], you porcelain-skinned Ken doll. I will miss all my cast mates!! Especially being at the table reads with them!! Everyone needs to know Leslie Jones couldn’t have done any of the things I did without these people.”
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