Well, that was quick.
In case you missed it, Shane Gillis was recently announced as one of the newest faces of “Saturday Night Live.”
@Shanemgillis Congrats on getting the big show, Shane. Enjoy every moment of it. Peace.
— Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) September 14, 2019
It didn’t take long for some old remarks of his to be brought to light:
Footage of Gillis’s podcast, “Matt and Shane’s Secret Podcast,” was posted to social media by entertainment journalist Seth Simons on Thursday. In it, Gillis, when discussing New York City’s Chinatown, is heard saying, “Let the f-cking ch-nks live there,” and mocks immigrants’ language skills.
In other episodes, Gillis makes derogatory remarks about women, Muslims and the LBTQ community.
The controversy comes on the heels of news that staff writer Bowen Yang, who is gay and Chinese American, would be added to the show’s 45th season roster, only the third cast member of Asian descent to join; previous cast members Fred Armisen and Rob Schneider are of part Asian descent.
“As a comedian, I usually side with the comedians on sensitive subjects. But this is just plain racist. [It’s] truly disgusting,” wrote “Silicon Valley” star Jimmy O. Yang on Twitter. “This man has to go @nbcsnl.”
Well, apparently SNL was listening:
Annnnnnnnnnd it's gone. https://t.co/vuIqFRYBei
— Bridget Phetasy (@BridgetPhetasy) September 16, 2019
It’s gone, all right:
Shane Gillis Out From ‘Saturday Night Live’ https://t.co/GHeqIOeFvj
— Variety (@Variety) September 16, 2019
Shane Gillis is OUT at SNL. Per NBC: pic.twitter.com/NJJpLGABPp
— Andrew Chow (@andrewrchow) September 16, 2019
there it is. https://t.co/Yqn3AETAId
— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) September 16, 2019
Gillis is canceled https://t.co/DpvA7QuJ0Q
— Allahpundit (@allahpundit) September 16, 2019
We can’t have “hurtful” language in comedy now can we https://t.co/R82F7UBHMv
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) September 16, 2019
Apparently, he wasn't sophisticated enough in his choice of language to join the show that gave us the Vomitorium sketch and that one nudist-camp bit where they just repeated the word "penis". https://t.co/g0yCXIEQCp
— Brian Guy (@ItsThatBriGuy) September 16, 2019
Hey, they’ve gotta draw the line of taste somewhere.
“We hired that guy on the strength of his comedy but are firing him over other things.”
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) September 16, 2019
Just wait until SNL finds out about the numerous past homophobic comments of the guy they have playing Donald Trump every week… pic.twitter.com/D8UZBr9KeR
— Steve Krakauer (@SteveKrak) September 16, 2019
Oh well. Like we said, they’ve gotta draw the line somewhere.
Maybe Chappelle will let him open a couple of shows. https://t.co/gcthxFsJH2
— Cam Edwards (@CamEdwards) September 16, 2019
Hey, you never know.
Shane Gillis' response to getting axed by SNL isn't being received well by the people who wanted him canceled https://t.co/ukJtGP61so
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) September 16, 2019