Shane Gillis
Shane Gillis performs onstage at the 2019 Clusterfest in San Francisco in June (Picture: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Clusterfest)

Shane Gillis, a new cast member on Saturday Night Live, has apologised for past racist jokes.

Shane was revealed as one of three new additions to SNL on Thursday.

Footage of the comic making the offensive comments resurfaced on social media immediately after.

In the first clip, Gillis makes anti-Asian remarks such as ‘ch*nks’ to his podcast co-host Matt McCusker, while adding: ‘Chinatown’s f***ing nuts.’

WARNING: The below videos contain racist and offensive language.

The episode of Matt and Shane’s Secret Podcast in question was recorded in 26 September 2018, according to Variety. It also features the pair imitating Asian accents and mocking Asian people and Chinese food.

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Other footage shows Gillis making sexist, Islamophobic and homophobic comments, such as ‘f****t’.

Taking to Twitter, Shane said: ‘I’m a comedian who pushes boundaries. I sometimes miss.

‘If you go through my 10 years of comedy, most of it bad, you’re going to find a lot of bad misses.’

He furthermore added: ‘I’m happy to apologise to anyone who’s actually offended by anything I’ve said.

‘My intention is never to hurt anyone but I am trying to be the best comedian I can be and sometimes that requires risks.’

Chloe Fineman and Bowen Yang were also revealed as new cast members of the hit US TV show on Thursday.

Yang, who is Chinese American, is said to be SNL’s first Asian cast member.

SNL did not immediately respond to Metro when approached for comment.

Shane Gillis
Shane Gillis is one of three new additions to the creative team behind SNL (Picture: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Clusterfest)

The 46th season of the show hits US screens on 28 September.

Actor Woody Harrelson, known for hit films like Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri will be on hosting duties. Meanwhile singer Billie Eilish, whose songs include Tough Guy and When the Party’s Over, will be performing.

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Saturday Night Live, known for its array of celebrity guest hosts, has been running since 1975.

Alec Baldwin holds the hosting record, having fronted the show 17 times since 1990.

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