Just days after announcing the hiring of three new cast members, NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” fired one of them who became mired in a scandal over comments that were widely perceived as bigoted.
Gillis tried to do damage control late last week, but in the end it wasn’t sufficient to save his job.
CNN quotes a statement from an “SNL” spokesperson on behalf of Lorne Michaels saying: “After talking with Shane Gillis, we have decided that he will not be joining ‘SNL.’ We want ‘SNL’ to have a variety of voices and points of view within the show, and we hired Shane on the strength of his talent as comedian and his impressive audition for ‘SNL.’ We were not aware of his prior remarks that have surfaced over the past few days. The language he used is offensive, hurtful and unacceptable. We are sorry that we did not see these clips earlier, and that our vetting process was not up to our standard.”
Gillis responded to the move Monday on his Twitter account. You can see his post below …