Making amends. Shane Gillis released a statement after fans slammed the new Saturday Night Live star for using racial slurs in a resurfaced video. “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 misses,” he wrote on Twitter on Thursday, September 12. “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.”
However, a lot of social media users weren’t too happy with the comedian’s note. One person wrote, “So, you’re not sorry for using the slur. Got it,” while another echoed, “OK, but just saying the slur isn’t really comedy or pushing any boundaries. Or does it in your opinion?” A third person chimed in, writing, “This SUCH a bad apology for using slurs and being racist repeatedly LAST YEAR.”
Earlier on Thursday, an old video was uploaded of Shane where he shared some controversial thoughts on an episode of Matt and Shane’s Secret podcast which was filmed in September 2018. “Chinatown’s f—king nuts,” he said. “Let the f—king ch—nks live there.”
He continued, “And the translation between you and the waiter. It’s just such a f—king hassle. It’s like, I am pointing at [the food]. That sauce. That one.” Shane called the conversation “nice racism, good racism” in another clip from the recording with comedian Matt McCusker, but that has been deleted from their YouTube channel.
After Leslie Jones revealed she was saying goodbye to her SNL family, Shane was announced as a new cast member for the show’s 45th season along with Chloe Fineman and Bowen Yang — the show’s first-ever Asian cast member.
It seems like Shane is not getting off on the right foot, so we hope he can turn things around quickly.
Saturday Night Live premieres on NBC Saturday, September 28, at 11:30 p.m. ET.
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