Shane Gillis
Shane Gillis has released a statement after footage of him using a racial slur was unearthed (Picture: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Clusterfest)

Saturday Night Live star Shane Gillis has made a statement after it was revealed that he has used racial slurs in the past in an attempt at being funny.

After his signing to the US sketch show was announced, journalist Seth Simons unearthed an old clip of Shane and Matt McCusker speaking on their podcast, called Matt and Shane’s Secret Podcast.

In an episode, released in 2018, he made the comment: ‘Chinatown’s f*****g nuts’.

Co-host Matt said: ‘I wonder how that started, they just built one f****d-up looking building and everyone was like, “Well no one’s said anything.”‘

Shane added: ‘Let the f*****g ch**ks live there.’

According to Vulture, in a further episode they discuss ‘white f**got comics’.

Shane has released a statement on social media, calling the remarks ‘bad misses’.

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It was a rather backhanded apology though, as he added that he needs to ‘take risks’ to ‘be the best comedian I can be’.

He posted on Twitter: ‘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.

‘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 risk.’

Gillis is one of three comedians to be signed by Saturday Night Live alongside Chloe Fineman and Bowen Yang. Bowen is the show’s only Asian American series regular.

Bowen Yang
Bowen Yang has joined the sketch show  (Picture: FilmMagic/FilmMagic)

It comes after it was announced that actress Leslie Jones will be leaving the sketch show to host US reboot of Supermarket Sweep.

Kate McKinnon will be extending her contract as a series regular in her place.

www8.sale-north-face.org has contacted Saturday Night Live for comment.

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