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Shane Gillis, the comedian who has been under fire in recent days for using racist and homophobic slurs on his podcast, has been fired from Saturday Night Live .
Gillis was one of three cast members recently added to the show, which will begin its 45th season. But the comedian was preserved on Monday before he ever performed on the show.
"After talking to Shane Gillis, we have decided that he will not join SNL," said a spokesman in a statement on behalf of producer Lorne Michael.
The statement stated that Gilli's previous comments were unknown to Michaels, who hired him "because of his talent as a comedian and his impressive audition."
"We want SNL to have a variety of voices and points of view within the show … The language he used is offensive, hurtful and unacceptable. We are sorry that we did not see these clips before, and that our veterinary process did not meet our standard. "
After announcing his resignation, Gillis replied on Twitter:" It feels ridiculous for comedians to make serious public statements but here we are. "
"I am a comedian who was funny enough to get on SNL. It cannot be removed," he said. I respect the decision they made. I am honestly grateful for the opportunity. "
A now-viral video posted by comedy reporter Seth Simons first brought Gilli's controversial past into the mainstream, though some have distanced themselves from from his special comedy brand for a while.
In the video – an excerpt from Matt and Shane & # 39; s Secret Podcast which Gillis hosts with comedian Matt McCusker – he uses a racist slur and mocks Chinese accents during a discussion about Chinatown.
In another section, he uses gay slurs to describe comics he doesn't think are funny.
Gillis's departure follows days of public outcry that require him to be removed from the actor, who ironically, it was announced the same day SNL hired its first East Asian descent member.
" I am happy to apologize to someone who is actually offended by something I have said. My intention is never to hurt anyone but I try to be the best comedian I can be and sometimes it requires risks, ”he explained.
On Monday, Gillis ended his statement by saying, "I was always a [Mad TV] guy anyway."