Shane Gillis was removed from SNL in 2019, 4 days after he was officially announced as a new cast, after Seth Simons, an independent journalist, posted previous clips of Shane making racist jokes.
Shane Gillis' latest comedy special, Beautiful Dogs, was recently released on Netflix. The comedy show, which was captured live at Capital One Hall and directed by John McKeever, features the comedian's unapologetically funny style as he includes jokes about subjects that some might consider to be taboo.
In order to address a variety of topics and personal experiences, Gillis once more adopts political personas and exploits their quirks into comedy while also delivering self-deprecating humor.
If you're unaware, Shane Gillis was fired from Saturday Night Live (SNL) in 2019 after a journalist named Seth Simons released a clip about him making racist jokes. With the release of the Netflix comedy, people have been wanting to know about the incident in detail. Well, we've got you covered.
Previously, we touched on Shane's parents.
It Was Seth Simons Who Posted All the Clips of Shane Gillis Making Racist Jokes Which Eventually Got Him Fired From SNL in 2019!
Shane Gillis (@shanemgillis) was announced as one of the new cast members of SNL season 45 on September 12, 2019. Later that day, Seth Simons, who is an independent journalist, posted various clips from his 2018 appearance on Matt and Shane's Secret Podcast in which he used the racial term "chink," which is used to disparage Chinese people, in his jokes.
Shane Gillis was removed from SNL after Seth Simons posted clips of Shane making racist jokes.
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In other clips, Gillis and co-host Matt McCusker used gay slurs when ranking comedians based on their color, gender, and sexual orientation. The clips went viral immediately. Later on in the evening, Gillis to his Twitter to apologize (now-deleted) for the subject. He wrote,
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 and sometimes that requires risks.
Four days later, a representative for the show's creator, Lorne Michaels, announced that Shane Gillis had been removed from the cast. After that, Gillis said that while the videos didn't look good, they were taken out of context, and most of the articles covering the topic misquoted him.
In addition, Gillis said he immediately regretted saying, "I'm a comedian who pushes boundaries," referring it to having "literally 5 minutes of being pressured to write anything," admitting the phrase was "corny," and formally retracting it.
Likewise, journalist Seth Simons said to The New Yorker that he was less worried about Shane's jokes than people who thought it was cool to use offensive language, He explained,
I don’t think he is, at all, the worst offender in that world. But I think he is part of a culture that believes in, just, total impunity for going out and saying a bunch of slurs on your podcast.
Shane Gillis' Recent Take on the Incident!
In addition to his apology, Shane Gillis has been candid about the incident for years after it occurred, highlighting how Twitter "destroyed" him. In an episode of Bussin' With The Boys, he admitted,
It was a bad joke. I'm not saying I shouldn't have been fired.It all blew up... It was number one on Twitter for like three days.
Shane Gillis admits he made offensive jokes and apologizes to this date.
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Gillis also claimed that SNL made an effort to keep him on the program, but that he had a sneaking suspicion that he would be let go as soon as the old clips reappeared. He added,
I had a feeling... I knew it was coming the second that I got in trouble. I understood the rules, but why do we have those rules?
Before leaving, find out if Shane is gay.