Published: Fri, September 13, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

New 'SNL' cast member Shane Gillis uses Asian slur in resurfaced video

New 'SNL' cast member Shane Gillis uses Asian slur in resurfaced video

TV Line reports that Bowen Yang, Chloe Fineman, and Shane Gillis will join the cast when it returns on September 28.

Saturday Night Live is adding three new cast members for its upcoming 45th season, including the show's only Asian American performer. He has performed stand-up at various NY clubs and was featured as a New Face at the Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal. One of them is 29-year-old Yang, who makes history as the show's first full-time cast member of full East Asian descent.

Gillis was a New Face at the 2019 Just for Laughs. The writer/performer popped up on Saturday Night Live past year as Kim-Jong un in a sketch with host Sandra Oh. Yang is one half of the runaway hit podcast Las Culturistas which has become a genuine cultural phenomenon.

The new season will premiere September 28 with Woody Harrelson hosting and chart-topping pop star Billie Eilish set as the musical guest.

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Fineman, who has been a member of the Groundlings, has credits that include Search Party and Jane the Virgin. He cohosts Matt and Shane's Secret Podcast and appears regularly on The Bonfire on Sirius XM.

Previously announced hosts for the season also include Phoebe Waller-Bridge, David Harbour, Kristen Stewart, and Eddie Murphy.

Representatives for Gillis and NBC had not returned calls for comment by press time.

Change is a constant at SNL, which is helmed by Canadian executive producer Lorne Michaels.

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