As reported earlier, while Saturday Night Live welcomed three new featured players onboard for this upcoming season, one of the new comedians caused quite the stir. While people were thrilled with the news of SNL gaining creative minds like Chloe Fineman and Bowen Yang, "comedian" Shane Gillis was swiftly outed for the racist slurs and remarks he made on his podcast, Matt and Shane's Secret Podcast.
At first, the situation went unaddressed by NBC and Gillis issued an "apology" that only caused more outrage, stating, "I'm a comedian who pushes boundaries. I sometimes miss," and "I am trying to be the best comedian I can be and sometimes that requires risks." Gillis also offered to "apologize to anyone who's actually offended by anything I've said."
A few days after the insufficient "apology" was posted, SNL fired Gillis. "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,"a spokesperson for Lorne Michaels, producer of SNL, stated.
Again, Gillis took to Twitter in order to let everyone know that he respects their decision and he's still "a comedian who was funny enough to get SNL,"although he was "more of a mad tv guy anyway."
Mad TV has yet to claim their prize.