Saturday Night Live fires comedian Shane Gillis over racist, homophobic comments

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Saturday Night Live today fired comedian Shane Gillis after a series of racist and homophobic comments he made in the past surfaced last week. NBC released a statement, published via Vulture, that states that although the show first hired Gillis “on the strength of his talent as comedian and his impressive audition for SNL,” producers were “not aware of his prior remarks that have surfaced over the past few days.”

“The language he used is offensive, hurtful and unacceptable,” reads the statement, which comes from executive producer and show creator Lorne Michaels. “We are sorry that we did not see these clips earlier, and that our vetting process was not up to our standard.”

Gillis was chosen to appear as a featured player on the show at…

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