Actor and comedian Shane Gillis will be the host of Saturday Night Live (SNL) on February 24, it was announced on the show's X (formerly Twitter) account on Saturday.
SNL will once again welcome Gillis as a guest host this time around, and 21 Savage will appear as a musical guest.of announcement It marks a significant return for Gillis, whose brief stint on the iconic sketch comedy series was cut short in 2019 due to controversy over insensitive language. according to To The Hollywood Reporter (THR).
Gillis' initial relationship with SNL was marred by controversy when a 2018 video surfaced of him saying racial slurs on the platform he co-hosts, “The Secret Podcast with Matt and Shane.” Ta. “Chinatown is shit,” Gillis said in the video, THR reported. “Let those motherfuckers live there.”
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After these comments came to light, SNL decided to cut ties with Gillis shortly after announcing him as one of its new cast members, the newspaper reported. At the time, a representative for SNL creator Lorne Michaels released a statement highlighting the show's commitment to diversity and inclusion. The statement regretted an oversight in the review process that failed to identify Mr Gillis' past comments that were deemed “offensive, harmful and unacceptable”. (Related: 'Lazy mediocre hack': SNL roasted for skit mocking Joe Rogan and Ted Cruz)
Over the years, SNL has fired numerous comedians from the show. Among them was the legendary comedian Norm Macdonald, who stood out for his unique humor, especially his persistent O.J. Simpson jokes during the trial. according to In Rolling Stone magazine. Despite MacDonald's popularity, NBC executive Don Ohlmeyer, a friend of Simpson, fired him from this corner in 1997, a decision many, including MacDonald, called a significant loss to the show. opposed.
Like Gillis, MacDonald returned to the show a year later as a guest host. In his monologue, the late comedian slammed SNL for asking him to return as host after firing him.
Audio of his monologue has been posted X A tribute to him by film director Billy Corben.