COMEDIAN Shane Gillis has been axed from ‘Saturday Night Live’ following racist and homophobic slurs on a podcast – just five days after he landed the job.
The 31-year-old came under fire soon after his casting was announced on Thursday when the shocking footage from last year resurfaced.
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“After talking with Shane Gillis, we have decided that he will not be joining SNL,” said a spokeperson for the hit NBC show.
Mr Gillis later wrote on Twitter that he was disappointed but respected the decision.
“Of course I wanted an opportunity to prove myself at SNL, but I understand it would be too much of a distraction,” he said.
Gillis was announced as the latest addition to its 45th season last week along with openly gay comic Bowen Yang and Chloe Fineman.
However, both NBC and Gillis came under fire when his outrageous remarks resurfaced.
Show boss Lorne Michaels told Page Six: “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.”
Gillis did offer to apologise, tweeting: “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.”
In a since-deleted video from September 2018, Gillis makes racist jokes about Chinese people while referring to them as “ch**ks”.
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“Chinatown’s f*****g nuts,” Gillis told comedian Matt McCusker on Matt and Shane’s Secret Podcast.
“Let the f*****g ch**ks live there,” he adds, later saying that he was at a restaurant “full of f*****g Chinee [sic] in there.”
In another episode from the same month, Gillis was heard using homophobic slurs to describe the work of Hollywood producer Judd Apatow and comedian Chris Gethard.