New ‘SNL’ Cast Member Shane Gillis Uses Racial Slur in Resurfaced Video

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Although longtime SNL favorite Leslie Jones will be missing from our screens when season 45 of the the late-night variety show kicks off on September 28, viewers will have three new hilarious cast members to look forward to getting to know.

While congratulations rolled in for Yang and the show on social media, the freelance journalist Seth Simons uncovered a clip of Shane Gillis, another of the show's hires announced on Thursday, making unquestionably racist comments about Chinese people. Outside of Studio 8H, he co-hosts the "Las Culturistas" podcast, and has earned fans through oddball videos featuring him expertly lip-syncing dialogue from movies and viral videos. He has performed stand-up at various NY clubs and was featured as a New Face at the Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal.

Among hosts, the long history of SNL includes a shortlist of performers with Asian heritage; Canadian Sandra Oh, Awkwafina, and Jackie Chan are among them.

Yang made his debut on the series last season as a writer.


Representatives for Gillis and NBC did not immediately reply to Variety's request for comment.

"SNL" is produced in association with Broadway Video.

Leslie Jones, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Redd pictured on SNL in April past year.

The show is back September 28 with host Woody Harrelson and musical guest Billie Eilish and returning comedians including Beck Bennett, Pete Davidson and Colin Jost. Leslie Jones will be leaving the show after five seasons on the show.

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