- New SNL Castmember Bounced Over Race Comments: And then there were two – as one of “Saturday Night Live's” new hires is already out. “SNL” has announced that Shane Gillis has been fired in the wake of revelations that videos of the comedian making bigoted comments existed. A spokesman representing Lorne Michaels said they were not aware of Gillis' prior remarks, calling his language "offensive, hurtful and unacceptable." Shortly after Gillis was announced as a new cast member, video surfaced of him making offensive comments about Asian-Americans and a homophobic slur from a podcast he hosts. Taking to Twitter, Gillis later offered, “Of course I wanted an opportunity to prove myself at SNL, but I understand it would be too much of a distraction. I respect the decision they made. I’m honestly grateful for the opportunity.” Then adding, “I was always a mad tv guy anyway.” Since when has SNL about politically correct? Just an example of another institution caving in to hashtag pressure.
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