‘SNL’ Fires Comic After Using Racist and Homophobic Slurs: Reports
Newly announced “Saturday Night Live” cast member Shane Gillis has been fired from the late nite show after a video posted last year emerged in which he used a racial slur for Chinese people and derided Asians trying to learn English.
The clip of Gillis re-emerged last week just hours after NBC said that he and two others, including the show’s only Asian American performer, were joining the cast as featured players.
The video apparently was posted in 2018 to a YouTube channel featuring Gillis and fellow comedian Matt McCusker, according to a Variety story. Seth Simons, a freelance writer and editor covering comedy, re-posted a clip from the video on Twitter and brought it to the trade paper’s attention, Variety said.