Shane Gillis Tackles SNL Return: ‘Don’t Google That

Shane Gillis Opens SNL

Comedian Shane Gillis made a noteworthy return to the hosting seat of “SNL” recently, marking his comeback after being let go from the cast back in 2019 due to controversial remarks he made in the past. His firing stirred up quite the buzz, as he faced criticism for remarks that were deemed racist, homophobic, and misogynistic.

In his latest appearance on the show’s Feb. 24 episode, Gillis didn’t dodge the topic. Addressing the elephant in the room head-on, he lightly touched upon his previous departure during his opening monologue.

With a hint of self-awareness, Gillis quipped, “I’m here. Most of you probably have no idea who I am. I was actually — I was fired from this show a while ago. But, you know, don’t look that up, please. If you don’t know who I am, please don’t Google that. It’s fine. Don’t even worry about it.”

His departure from the show came abruptly, just a week after it was announced he would join the SNL cast. In response, a statement from longtime executive producer Lorne Michaels addressed the situation, expressing regret for the oversight in their vetting process.

“We want ‘SNL’ to have a variety of voices and points of view within the show, and we hired Shane on the strength of his talent as a comedian and his impressive audition for ‘SNL.’ We were not aware of his prior remarks that have surfaced over the past few days. The language he used is offensive, hurtful, and unacceptable. We are sorry that we did not see these clips earlier, and that our vetting process was not up to our standard.”

Despite the setback, Gillis returned to the spotlight, demonstrating resilience and addressing his past with a touch of humor. His comeback serves as a reminder of the complexities of navigating controversial issues in the realm of comedy and entertainment.

Gillis also shared his thoughts on his firing through social media, expressing a mix of humility and humor. He remarked, “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.” Despite the setback, Gillis demonstrated gratitude for the opportunity and understanding of the decision, acknowledging that his presence might have caused distractions. He added, “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.”

Since parting ways with SNL in 2019, Gillis hasn’t let that define his career. He’s remained active, co-hosting the popular podcast “Matt and Shane’s Secret Podcast” and even securing a Netflix comedy special titled “Shane Gillis: Beautiful Dogs,” which premiered in 2023.

Despite the ups and downs, Gillis has continued to pursue his passion for comedy, making his mark beyond the SNL stage. If you’re curious about his latest endeavors or want to catch a glimpse of his comedic style, you can watch his full opening monologue below.

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