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'SNL' fires new cast member Shane Gillis on heels of racial slur

Mike Cherico

It may be one of the shortest cast stints in the 45 seasons NBC's "Saturday Night Live" has been on the air.

Stand-up comic Shane Gillis, who was announced as one of the new cast members of the late-night comedy show, just four days ago, has been dumped from the cast before ever setting foot on the famed Studio 8-H set. Gillis drew social media fire just hours after comments using racial and homophobic slurs were discovered on a since-deleted video from 2018 on a YouTube channel called "Matt and Shane’s Secret Podcast."

"After talking with Shane Gillis, we have decided that he will not be joining SNL," a show spokesperson was quoted in both Deadline Hollywood and The Hollywood Reporter on behalf of executive producer Lorne Michaels saying: "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.

Gillis took to Twitter after the comments were made public at an attempt at self-defense, writing, in part, that "intention is never to hurt anyone but I am trying to be the best comedian I can be and sometimes that requires risks."

A native of Pennsylvania, Gillis in the last year was touted as a young comic to watch both by Comedy Central and at the famed "Just for Laughs" comedy festival in Montreal.

SNL returns Sept. 28 for its 45th season with host Woody Harrelson and musical guest Billie Eilish.


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