How could “Saturday Night Live” have miscalculated so badly on Shane Gillis? Well, now we know:

Here’s the hot scoop from Variety:

According to sources, the long-running NBC comedy show and series mastermind Lorne Michaels were actively looking to cast a comedian for its new season who would appeal to more conservative viewers. This was meant to counteract the appearance of a liberal bias on the show, given that it has seen a major resurgence in popularity in recent years with Alec Baldwin regularly portraying President Donald Trump while other cast members and guest stars have played members of his administration and those in his orbit.

Ohhhhhhh … so this was all about appealing to conservative viewers? Well, that explains it.

Except no it doesn’t.

Because that’s what it is.