Today Saturday Night Live announced three new cast members for their upcoming season. SNL went on Twitter and welcomed Bowen Yang, Chloe Fineman, and Shane Gillis. Bowen Yang became one of the few people of Asian descent to be cast in SNL. Twitter blew up congratulating Yang on his achievement. But video surfaced from a podcast with Shane Gillis that might create some tension between Yang and Gillis. In Matt and Shane’s Secret Podcast that was released 11 months ago, Gillis is seen mocking Chinese people and even using a racial slur.
Seth Simons caught the incident before it was deleted and put it on his Twitter page. In the video, Shane Gillis and Matt McCusker are seen talking about Chinatown. Gillis drops the racial slur “ch**ks” while the two ridicule the Chinatown community and their restaurants.
“Let the f***ing c***ks live there,” Gillis said before blabbing about how frustrating it is to have to order food at a Chinese restaurant.
“The translation between you and the waiter is just such a f***ing hassle,” Gillis said.
today SNL announced the hiring of its first cast member of East Asian descent, and also this guy pic.twitter.com/0FAGJZJUkK— Seth Simons (@sasimons) September 12, 2019
In another clip, Gillis jokes that an “Asian trying to learn English bothers” him more than “someone listening to Uzi Vert while I’m trying to eat dinner.” But it’s okay because Gillis considers it “nice racism.”
this, again, is from September 2018 pic.twitter.com/inYFT22zjl— Seth Simons (@sasimons) September 12, 2019
Variety reached out to representatives of Gillis but have not gotten a comment on the issue.