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Rob Schneider Gets Dragged After Defending 'SNL' Outcast, Shane Gillis

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By Gary Trock

Rob Schneider stood up to defend embattled stand-up comic, Shane Gillis, after he was ousted from "Saturday Night Live" over racial slurs ... and people were not happy.

The "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo" star took to Twitter on Tuesday to offer support to Gillis after it was announced he would not be joining the new cast of "SNL."

"As a former SNL cast member I am sorry that you had the misfortune of being a cast member during this era of cultural unforgiveness [sic] where comedic misfires are subject to the intolerable inquisition of those who never risked bombing on stage themselves."

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As we reported, NBC and Lorne Michaels decided it was not the best decision to let Gillis join the show after an old YouTube video surfaced, where the comic made derogatory slurs against the Asian community.

Fans were not so quick to praise Schneider for speaking up, and let the star have it over social media.

"He said a lot of racist things. Like a lot. So go f--k yourself Deuce Bigalow," one person tweeted in response.

Another wrote, "A whole lot of comedians are finding out they’re not actually funny and they can’t cope."

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Others took aim at Schneider's use of his word, "misfire," with comments like, "Racism isn't a misfire. There is no risk in developing "jokes" that denigrate others in this way. He bombed because he was cruel."

Some fans took shots at the star for his constant cameos in Adam Sandler's movies.

"Look guys, Adam Sandler’s shadow has an opinion," one person wrote, while another commented, "Being a drunk racist isn’t comedy and it’s sad you’re both too stupid to know that. I wish Adam Sandler likes you less then we probably wouldn’t have to hear from your dumb ass anymore."

For his part, Gillis initially gave a half-hearted apology, before releasing a statement that he understood the decision by NBC to part ways.

"I’m a comedian who was funny enough to get SNL. That can’t be taken away. Of course I wanted an opportunity to prove myself at SNL, but I understand it would be too much of a distraction,” he wrote. “I respect the decision they made. I’m honestly grateful for the opportunity. I was always a mad tv guy anyway."

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