Shane Gillis' SNL Return: A Controversial Comeback Ignites VERY Mixed Reactions (WATCH)

By Maria Angelino | Monday, 26 February 2024 09:20 PM
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Comedian Shane Gillis, who was dismissed from "Saturday Night Live" (SNL) in 2019, made light of his controversial past during his recent debut as a host on the show.

Gillis humorously requested the audience to refrain from looking up his past, stating, "Yeah, I'm here. I was fired from this show a while ago, but don’t look that up, please."

Gillis's hosting gig on SNL comes after his abrupt dismissal from the show in 2019, following the surfacing of contentious remarks he made during a podcast. Despite the controversy, Gillis was announced as a host for SNL in February.

During his monologue, Gillis made several self-deprecating jokes, including one where he suggested that he was better suited to be a "high school football coach" than a stand-up comedian. He also made a controversial comment about having "family members with Down syndrome," which he quickly followed up with, "I dodged it, but it nicked me."

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Gillis's humor, however, seemed to fall flat with the audience. In response to their lack of amusement, he said, "Look, I don’t have any material that can be on TV, all right? I’m trying my best. Also, this place is extremely well-lit. I can see everyone not enjoying it. This is the most nervous I’ve ever been."

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The controversy that led to Gillis's dismissal from SNL in 2019 involved a video that resurfaced shortly after NBC announced his hiring. The video featured Gillis using offensive language and ethnic slurs during a podcast with fellow comedian Matt McCusker. The pair were discussing a Chinatown neighborhood in an unidentified city, during which Gillis used derogatory language to describe Chinese residents and complained about his experiences at Chinatown restaurants.

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In response to the controversy, SNL creator Lorne Michaels stated that they were "not aware" of Gillis's past remarks, which he described as "offensive, hurtful and unacceptable." The show subsequently released a statement saying, "After talking with Shane Gillis, we have decided that he will not be joining 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."

Despite the controversy, Gillis's career appears to be on the upswing. He recently announced a partnership with Bud Light, which posted a photo of Gillis on social media with the caption, "excited to be part of your 2024 tour."

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