Shortly after Saturday Night Live’s new set of cast members were announced controversy ensued as one of them became the subject of call-out culture.
Stand-up comedian Shane Gillis is drawing flak after a video of him on an episode of Matt and Shane’s Secret Podcast surfaced on YouTube where he is heard saying “Chinatown’s f*cking nuts”. In the same video, Gillis also said: “Let the f*cking ch*nks live there.”
The racist remarks didn’t stop there. In a separate video of the same episode, Gillis continued to say that “an Asian trying to learn English bothers me more than someone listening to like Little Uzi Vert while I’m trying to eat f*cking dinner.” The person he’s talking to seemed to agree as he responded “that’s hilarious” to which Gillis replied, “Nice racism.”
The now-deleted videos are currently circulating on Twitter as users blast Gillis for his comments.
Now, Gillis has taken to Twitter posting a note saying he’d be “Happy to apologize to anyone who’s actually offended by anything I’ve said.”
The comic is one of three new cast members announced to appear in the upcoming season of SNL. This includes Chloe Fineman and Bowen Yang–who is the first Asian-American cast member cast on the show since it aired in 1975.
Neither SNL nor it’s home network NBC has released a statement addressing the issue.
Gillis was a regular on Comedy Central’s The Bonfire radio show. He also performs stand-up in a number of comedy clubs in New York. SNL’s next season will premiere later this month.