“Saturday Night Live” has fired newly announced cast member Shane Gillis after clips emerged of the comedian making racist and homophobic comments. In now-deleted clips from Gillis’s podcast, he refers to Chinese people with anti-Asian ethnic slurs and mimics a fake Chinese accent. He also attacked 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang. The comments are from last year. Andrew Yang responded to the news on Twitter, writing, “It can be extraordinarily hurtful to feel like you are somehow not part of the only country you have ever known. I have certainly felt that–the churning sense of alienation, anger and marginalization.” Andrew Yang has since said Gillis reached out and the two would be speaking soon.
This comes as ”SNL” — which has come under fire for years for its lack of diversity — has also hired its first-ever Chinese-American cast member, Bowen Yang. Bowen Yang is openly gay and has been writing for the show since 2018. He is one of a small handful of cast members of Asian descent to ever appear on the show.