Saturday Night Live announced Shane Gillis as one of three new additions to its cast for the upcoming 45th season last week, and in the blink of an internet eye, he was fired after clips of him making derogatory remarks about Asians and gays resurfaced.
A spokesperson on behalf of SNL creator Lorne Michaels said in a statement that the sketch show was ‘not aware of his prior remarks’ and the ‘language he used is offensive, hurtful and unacceptable,’ before vowing to enhance the show’s vetting process.
Gillis, in response, was not as apologetic as he was defiant–saying he was ‘funny enough to get SNL’ before claiming to be a ‘MAD TV guy anyway.’
Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, an Asian American who Gillis personally referred to as a ‘Jew ch*nk’ on a Memorial Day episode of the Real Ass Podcast, fell somewhere in the middle. Yang characterized Gillis’ remarks as “cheap shots” but went on the record saying that he did not believe they warranted the comedian losing his job.
He expanded on his views during an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union:
In the wake of the slur clips being unearthed, Yang posted on Twitter that he’s “happy to sit down and talk with you if you’d like.” It appears that a sit down is in the books, evident in Yang’s latest tweet.
With over 3,300 subtweets at the time of this writing, it’s obvious people have opinions on this development.
The other end of the spectrum: