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Twitter has absolutely no time for ‘homophobic’ Shane Gillis’ response to being fired from SNL

Emma Powys Maurice September 20, 2019

Shane Gillis got fired from SNL and the internet responded accordingly (Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic/Getty)

People on Twitter weren’t impressed by the response from comedian Shane Gillis after he was fired from Saturday Night Live for ‘racist, homophobic’ comments.

Gillis, 31, made the offensive comments in a 2018 episode of his podcast, Matt and Shane’s Secret PodcastHe tried to remove the episode but it emerged in a YouTube video shortly after SNL announced him as their new hire.

Among many offensive slurs, Gillis and his co-host called male comedians who discuss mental health “white faggot comics” and “f***ing gayer than Isis”, sexualised transgender people and called trans sex workers “ladyboys”, and imitate the accents of Chinese immigrants, who they describe as “f***ing c***ks”.

There was a huge social media backlash and SNL dropped him from their show after less than a week. In response, Gillis posted to Twitter saying it feels “ridiculous” that he has to make a public statement.

“I’m a comedian who was funny enough to get on SNL. That can’t be taken away,” he wrote – even though the position literally was taken away from him.

He continued: “Of course I wanted an opportunity to prove myself at SNL, but I understand it would be too much of a distraction. I respect the decision they made. I’m honestly grateful for the opportunity.

“I was always a mad TV guy anyway.”

But Twitter users quickly jumped in to ensure Gillis couldn’t put a positive spin on it.

You might think Gillis would decide to keep a low profile for a while, but the disgraced comic made his first stand-up appearance since the controversy on Wednesday, September 18.

Performing at New York comedy club the Stand, he directly addressed the SNL drama but appeared completely unapologetic.

“Everybody’s been like, you can’t say sh*t and not expect consequences,” he said while wearing a Matt and Shane’s Secret Podcast hoodie.

“I’m fine with the consequences. I’m not arguing. F*ck it. But I do want everyone to know that I’ve been reading every one of my death threats in an Asian accent.”

More: comedians, saturday night live, shane gillis, SNL

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