After the announcement this week of his hiring as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live” was met with calls for him to be fired, comedian Shane Gillis posted what’s being described as an “offer” to apologize for what he describes as his bad comedy.
As we reported Thursday, almost immediately after NBC announced the hiring of Gillis for “SNL’s” upcoming 45th season — along with two other new cast members, Chloe Fineman and Bowen Yang — a video began circulating from 2018 in which Gillis makes comments about the Chinese that many observers found offensive.
The New York Post’s Page Six reports that the video prompted calls for NBC to fire Gillis “before he even made it on the air.” Much of the criticism has been focused on his use of a term that’s widely seen as a slur against the Chinese.
“The comedian later offered to apologize to anyone who was offended by his use of the slur but didn’t actually say he was sorry for the bit,” The Post reports.
Gillis writes in his message on Twitter’s Notes app: “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.”
The paper reports that NBC did not respond to its request for a comment.
Here’s the post from Gillis …