Shane Gillis addresses SNL firing in monologue: ‘I probably shouldn’t be up here honestly’

Before his debut episode in 2019, Shane Gillis was dismissed from the “Saturday Night Live” cast following the emergence of recordings where he used racist and homophobic language on his podcast.

Comedian Shane Gillis acknowledged his dismissal from the Saturday Night Live cast during his monologue upon being invited back to host Saturday night.

“Thank you very much. Yeah, I’m here,” Gillis addressed the audience in his controversial return to Studio 8H. “Most of you probably have no idea who I am. I was let go from this show a while ago. Don’t look that up, please. Please don’t Google that. It’s fine. Don’t even worry about it. I probably shouldn’t be up here honestly. I should be at home. I should be a high school football coach.”

The news of Gillis joining the SNL cast was initially revealed in September 2019, along with fellow season 45 incoming featured players Chloe Fineman and then-writer Bowen Yang, who became the show’s first Chinese American cast member. However, just four days later, Gillis was fired before his first episode after recordings surfaced of him using racist, including anti-Chinese, and homophobic slurs on his podcast.

When Gillis’ firing was announced, SNL apologized for not being aware of his prior “offensive, hurtful, and unacceptable” remarks, admitting that the “vetting process was not up to our standard.” In response, Gillis released his own statement, in which he did not apologize for using the slurs and instead took a jab at the long-running sketch series, stating, “I was always a Mad TV guy anyway.” Therefore, it surprised many fans when the comic was invited to host the show.

Thankfully, during Saturday’s live monologue, which lasted a whopping eight minutes, Gillis did not fulfill his previous statement made on his podcast about killing himself onstage if he ever got on SNL. Instead, with his parents in the audience, he launched into bits from his “anti-woke” stand-up routine. This included jokes about his dad being a girls’ high school basketball coach, referring to little boys as their “mom’s gay best friend,” and making light of his family members who have Down syndrome (“I dodged it”).

“Look, I don’t have any material that can be on TV, alright?” he told the crowd. “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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