Shane Gillis, recently announced as one of the newest cast members on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” responded to criticism after recordings surfaced of him using racist, sexist and homophobic language.
“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,” Gillis wrote.
— Shane Gillis (@Shanemgillis) September 13, 2019
Gillis’s response comes a video clip of him using a racial slur against Asian people and making other offensive comments surfaced this week as reported by media outlets like Variety.
Gillis also speaks about Chinatown and Chinese restaurants in a derogatory fashion.
The video of the podcast session has since been deleted from YouTube, according to Variety. However, it is still available on Twitter.
The video surfaced soon after “SNL” announced that it was hiring its first Asian American cast member, Bowen Yang, this week. Yang already worked on the show as a writer.
In another episode of the podcast, Gillis says that “Muslim heaven” is “the best,” and that “You gotta spill blood, you gotta praise Allah by spilling blood,” Variety reported.
He addressed the battle of Gettysburg in another episode as well, referring to soldiers yelling as “so gay,” Variety reported. He also uses the word “retard” and “faggot.”
He and his co-host also joke about “hot Southern boys” being raped during the Civil War and call it “having gay sex in jail.”
Gillis also describes women who posed as men to fight in the war as “flat chested f—ing bitch[es],” Variety reported.