'Saturday Night Live' fires Shane Gillis amid controversy

Soon after Gillis was announced as a new cast member, video surfaced of him mocking a Chinese accent and using a racist slur to refer to Asian people.
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Transcript for 'Saturday Night Live' fires Shane Gillis amid controversy
Now to a "Saturday night live" shake-up. The show firing one of its new cast members before he even appeared on the broadcast. This cops after past racist remarks surfaced. Chris Connelly is tracking the latest from Los Angeles. Good morning to you, Chris. Reporter: Good morning, Michael. The news coming down on Monday. Comic Shane Gillis out at "Snl" after just a few days amid a firestorm of criticism. From the stormy Daniels allegations. Stormy, this is Michael Cohen. Are you alone? Yes. And what are you wearing? Reporter: To the opioid crisis. I want to use heroin. But I also want to get stuff done. Reporter: "Saturday night live" doesn't steer clear of controversy in its sketches. Recent days, though have seen "Snl" dealing with its own controversy. The show declaring in a statement on Monday it is dropping one of its new hires, 31-year-ol stand-up comic Shane Gillis. I took skoal out of my mouth to come up here. And I didn't vote for Donald Trump. It makes me like the Nelson Mandela of central Pennsylvania. Reporter: But a Verd of him a year ago surfaced from "Matt and Shane's secret podcast" in which he mimicked a Chinese accent and referred to Asian people in chinatown with a slur. Reaction immediate and Gillis issued an initial statements, I'm happy to apologize to anyone who's actually offended by anything I said. I am trying to be the best comedian I can be, and sometimes that requires risks. Pablo S. Tory of "High noon" tweeting it was only a risk because you and your hack friend are dumb enough to record it. Enter presidential candidate Andrew yang, in a series of tweets on Saturday, yang excoriated anti-asian racism and slurs but after going through Gillis' work he says he does not strike me as malignant or evil. I do not think he should lose his job. We would benefit from being more forgiving rather than punitive. The show announced his removal Monday saying we were not aware of his prior remarks. The language he used is offensive, hurtful and unacceptable. Gillis issuing a statement saying he respects the decision but it feels ridiculous for comedians to be making serious public statements but here we are. I'm a comedian who was funny enough to get "Snl." That can't be taken away. Many on social media praised the decision. Former "Snl" cast member rob Schneider did not tweeting, I am sorry you had the misfortune of being a cast member during this era of cultural unforgiveness. Many different perspectives. Some's new hires do include Bowen yang who will be the first chinese-american cast member in the show's soon-to-be 45 seasons on the air. As for presidential candidate Andrew yang, he tweeted that he hopes to sit down with Gillis soon. We'll see if that happens. All right, thanks so much, Chris.

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