From The Asian Reporter, V29, #19 (October 7, 2019),
"SNL" rescinds cast invitation to Gillis over
By Mark Kennedy
AP Entertainment Writer
NEW YORK — "Saturday Night Live" rescinded its invitation to
a cast member who posted a video last year in which he used a
racial slur for Chinese people and derided Asians trying to
A show representative said the language Shane Gillis used was
"offensive, hurtful, and unacceptable," and the show was not
aware of the past remarks that had drawn criticism.
"Saturday Night Live" apologized, saying its vetting process
"was not up to our standard."
In a tweet, Gillis said he respected the show’s decision and
is "honestly grateful for the opportunity." He said he had hoped
to have the opportunity to prove himself, but "I understand it
would be too much of a distraction." He ended with a slight
swipe at the show, mentioning that he was always a "Mad TV" guy
In the clip of video apparently posted in 2018, Gillis refers
to an unidentified city’s Chinatown as being "nuts" and used a
derogatory word for Chinese people. He also complained about
"hearing an Asian trying to learn English."
The "Saturday Night Live" representative said the show hired
Gillis "on the strength of his talent as a comedian and his
impressive audition for ‘SNL.’"
The clip of Gillis re-emerged just hours after NBC said he
and two others, including the show’s only Asian-American
performer, were joining the cast as featured players.
"Saturday Night Live" has taken heat over the years for an
overall lack of ethnic diversity, with scant Asian
representation among its cast members or hosts.
Former players Fred Armisen and Rob Schneider both are
one-quarter Asian, but neither has been widely recognized for
their Asian ancestry. Among hosts, the long history of "SNL"
includes a short list of Asian or Asian Americans, with
Awkwafina, Aziz Ansari, and Jackie Chan among them.