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Shane Gillis Reacts to 'SNL' Firing: 'I Was Always a Mad TV Guy Anyway'

Shane Gillis has released a statement after it was announced that he has been fired from Saturday Night Live ahead of his debut on the show.

The comedian’s offer to appear on the show was retracted after a video of him using a racial slur resurfaced after his casting was announced.

“It feels ridiculous for comedians to be making serious public statements but here we are,” Shane said. “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. I respect the decision they made. I’m honestly grateful for the opportunity. I was always a Mad TV guy anyway,” Shane said.

READ MORE: See what NBC said in a statement about the firing

Shane Gillis Fired From 'SNL' After Racial Slurs Resurface

Shane Gillis has been fired from the upcoming season of Saturday Night Live before it has even begun.

The new cast member found himself in hot water just hours after he was announced as a new addition for season 45. People on social media found a clip of him using a racial slur.

In an episode of his podcast, Shane previously said, “Chinatown’s f–king nuts. Let the f–king ch—s live there.” He later released an apology that many people felt was not acceptable.

“After talking with Shane Gillis, we have decided that he will not be joining SNL,” an SNL spokesperson on behalf of Lorne Michaels said in a statement (via Variety). “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. We were not aware of his prior remarks that have surfaced over the past few days. The language he used is offensive, hurtful and unacceptable. We are sorry that we did not see these clips earlier, and that our vetting process was not up to our standard.”

READ MORE: See the other two cast members joining SNL this year.

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New 'SNL' Cast Member Shane Gillis Addresses Backlash Over Resurfaced Racial Slurs

Shane Gillis has issued a response to the backlash over the racial slurs he made in a past podcast.

The new Saturday Night Live cast member took to Twitter on Thursday (September 12) to respond to the backlash he’s facing over the slurs he said about Chinese people.

“I’m a comedian who pushes boundaries. I sometimes miss,” Shane wrote. “If you go through my 10 years of comedy, most of it is 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’m trying to be the best comedian I can be be sometimes that requires risks.”

Shane was recently announced as one of the new cast members for the upcoming season of SNL along with Chloe Fineman and Bowen Yang. Bowen is the first ever full-time Asian cast member on the sketch show.

New 'Saturday Night Live' Cast Member Shane Gillis Under Fire for Racial Slur in Resurfaced Podcast

Shane Gillis has found himself in some hot water after a podcast of him using a racial slur has resurfaced.

Shane – who is one of three new Saturday Night Live cast members – had a podcast called “Matt and Shane’s Secret Podcast” and in one video used a racially insensitive slur.

“Chinatown’s f–king nuts,” Shane says. “Let the f–king ch—s live there.”

The video and podcast have now both been deleted. However, freelance writer Seth Simons was able to capture the video before it was deleted and shared it on Twitter, which also features Shane making a comment about Chinese restaurants.

“The translation between you and the waiter is just such a f–king hassle,” Shane says in the video, which you can see here.

Shane was recently announced as one of the new cast members for the upcoming season of SNL along with Chloe Fineman and Bowen Yang. Bowen is the first ever full-time Asian cast member on the sketch show.

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'Saturday Night Live' Adds 3 New Cast Members for Season 45!

UPDATE: Shane Gillis Fired From ‘SNL’ After Racial Slurs Resurface

Saturday Night Live‘s cast is expanding!

The long-running sketch comedy show announced on Thursday (September 12) the addition of three new cast members: Chloe Fineman, Shane Gillis and Bowen Yang.

Bowen first joined SNL as a staff writer on Season 44. His addition will mark the first-ever full-time Asian cast member!

Chloe is a regular performer at the Groundlings, and was named New Face at the 2018 Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. Shane was recognized as a New Face at the 2019 Just For Laughs festival.

As previously reported, Leslie Jones is exiting the cast after five seasons, while Kate McKinnon will be returning to the cast.

READ MORE: ‘SNL’ Announces Five Weeks of Hosts for New Season!

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Orlando Bloom Reveals Why He Turned Down Hosting 'SNL'

Orlando Bloom was offered a Saturday Night Live hosting gig on back in 2007 after the release of one of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, and he’s revealing why.

“[It] was just like, partly my dyslexia, partly like that window of time where I couldn’t even … think straight and see the wood through the trees,” Orly said during a recent appearance on the Howard Stern Show. “I would love to [host] Saturday Night Live now.”

“You’ve got to read and then also … I didn’t have perspective,” he added. “It’s like you’re in a burning car. When you’re in our business, you get into this burning car … and it’s like … you’re in the car and you’re like, ‘Wow, look at this, they love it.’ Then you go, ‘F— it’s hot. How the f— … I’ve got to get out of this burning car.’ The reality is you have to be able to get into the burning car, know that you’re getting into a burning car, put the suit on, have all this gel so you don’t get hot and burned. ‘Yeah, I’m driving this burning car!’”

“Then you have to get out of the burning car, make sure you’ve got a support team to make sure that you’re safe and happy,” he continued. “Then you go, ‘Okay, cool, I’ll get back into the burning car when I do.’ “

Today, he’d host the show “in a heartbeat. I’d love to.”

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