Posted on Sunday, January 12th, 2020 by Fred Topel
When Saturday Night Live hired three new cast members this year, executive producer Lorne Michaels was initially praised for hiring the first Asian cast member Bowen Yang and adding Chloe Fineman to the show’s roster of women. The third hire, Shane Gillis, co-hosted Matt and Shane’s Secret Podcast and an episode in which he used racist and homophobic slurs emerged, leading Michaels to fire Gillis.
NBC Entertainment Chairman Paul Telegdy addressed the Television Critics Association on Saturday, January 11. Asked if he’s had conversations with Michaels about the vetting process, Telegdy addressed the issue and talked about how this kind of process works and how to proceed in the future. Read More »
Last week, Saturday Night Live announced the hiring of three new comedians as featured players for the 45h season of the late night sketch series. However, one of the trio, comedian Shane Gillis, was immediately embroiled in controversy when undeniably racist comments made on a podcast from last year came to light. Thankfully, SNL has made the right choice by choosing not to bring him on board the show. Find out more about Shane Gillis fired from Saturday Night Live below. Read More »
Before the 45th season of Saturday Night Live begins later this month, with Woody Harrelson hosting the season premiere, the late night sketch comedy series has added three new featured players to the cast in the wake of Leslie Jones leaving the show. One is woman with a whole new array of impressions and characters, another is the first full-time East Asian cast member, and one of them is already in trouble for racist and homophobic material. Neat! Read More »