Just call Shane Gillis the Anthony Scaramucci of comedy. Less than a week after it was announced that Shane would be joining the cast of “Saturday Night Live,” the sketch show has cut ties with him over the racist, homophobic, and misogynistic language he used on podcasts and other media.
A Lorne Michaels spokesperson announced their decision in the following statement – “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.”
Shane released his own statement on Twitter. He said, “I’m a comedian who was funny enough to get on ‘SNL.’ That can’t be taken away.” Of NBC decision, he said, “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.”
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