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People Want New 'SNL' Cast Member Fired After Racist Asian Video Surfaces

By Gary Trock

It could be curtains for the newest "Saturday Night Live" cast member, Shane Gillis, as racist video surfaced hours after he was announced to have joined the cast ... and people are upset.

The outrage came after the video was posted to Twitter, showing Gillis use a racial slur against Chinese people while verbally trashing Chinatown.

The clip, which was recorded in September 2018, is from Gillis' podcast with Matt McCusker, "Matt and Shane's Secret Podcast."

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"Chinatown’s f---ing nuts,” Gillis says, following up with, "Let the f---ing ch-nks live there."

Gillis and McCusker then proceed to rip apart Chinatown for it's "f---ked up" looking buildings and "cheap" food.


Fans of "SNL" immediately took to Twitter, demanding that Gillis be dropped from the cast for his insensitive remarks.

"Oh. Oh no no no. Lifelong SNL viewer, will not watch this dude. C'mon Lorne, more betting please!" one person wrote.

Another wrote, " I NEVER comment publicly about cast members’ future employment status because it didn’t seem fair. But Shane Gillis is now the exception. Completely unacceptable and he needs to be dismissed immediately."

The Awkward Situation

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Actress Cindy Chu tweeted, "If you’re a comic & you think calling Chinese ppl chinks is funny, you’re a hack AND a racist. Oh, & you’re going to make fun of Chinese accents by replacing Ls w/ Rs? For every untalented Shane Gillis there are hundreds of talented Bowen Yangs who have had to fight tooth & nail."

Chu is referring to the other new cast member, Bowen Yang, who was announced to join the "SNL" crew alongside Gillis.

Others pointed out the awkward situation, commenting, "SNL just hired its first full-time cast member of East Asian descent at the same time as this guy who thinks Chinese people are hilarious and dumb! Comedy!!"

The 'Apology'

After the story went viral, Gillis finally addressed the video late Thursday evening.

"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 bad misses. 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."

"Saturday Night Live" or NBC have yet to comment on the situation.

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