‘Saturday Night Live’ Fires Shane Gillis After Racist, Homophobic Jokes Resurface

Saturday Night Live” has issued a statement announcing it is cutting ties with Shane Gillis.

Gillis was one of three comedians announced September 12 as new cast members on the long-running NBC sketch comedy series.

Controversial jokes from Gillis’ past began resurfacing on social media not long after his “SNL” casting was officially announced.

A spokesperson on behalf of Lorne Michaels said in a statement (via Variety) that the Gillis and the show are parting ways ahead of the new season.“After talking with Shane Gillis, we have decided that he will not be joining ‘SNL,’” the spokesperson said.

“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,

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