On September 16th SNL announced that they had fired Shane Gillis. The news came after a video showed Gillis making racist remarks and using racist slurs. The video was shared online.
A statement was released on behalf of Lorne Michaels, the executive director of 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.” – Lorne Michaels, Executive Director
The statement also said that Gillis was hired based on his talent and a strong audition.
After the statement was made, Gillis made his own statement on his Twitter account.
“I’m a comedian that was funny enough to get SNL and no one can take that away.”