New 'SNL' Cast Member Shane Gillis' Apology for Racial Slur Video Leaves Fans Extremely Cold

New Saturday Night Live cast member Shane Gillis did not offer a full apology for using racial slurs in his comedy but said he would apologize "to anyone who's actually offended" by the term he used in a video that surfaced online Thursday. Hours after SNL revealed Gillis, Chloe Fineman and Bowen Yang as its newest stars, a clip from September 2018 posted to a YouTube channel called Matt and Shane's Secret Podcast began to circulate online.

"Chinatown's f—ing nuts," Gillis says to Matt McCusker in the clip. "Let the f—ing ch— live there."

He continued to make crass jokes when talking about eating at Chinese restaurants. "The translation between you and the waiter is such a f—ing hassle, I'm pointing at it," he said, even mimicking Chinese accents.

Plenty of people on social media expressed outrage over the video, prompting Gillis to address the issue on Twitter.

"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," he wrote.

Gillis' apology did not go over well with many social media users, who were left unmoved by the post.

At press time, neither SNL nor NBC had commented on the controversy.


The new additions to the SNL cast, though Yang was a writer last season, comes on the heels of Leslie Jones' exit from the sketch comedy series.

Season 45 of SNL premieres on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 11 p.m. ET on NBC. Actor Woody Harrelson will host and Billie Eilish will be the show's musical guest.