Comedian Shane Gillis wanted to let audiences know he was not a die-hard President Trump supporter during his first stand up act since being fired from Saturday Night Live after his past use of racial slurs regarding the Asian community.
Gillis said he did not vote for Trump in 2016, going on to joke how funny it would be to see Trump get shot, according to Fox News. He said: “I don’t want you to think I’m too pro-Trump. I will say this. Of all the presidents I’ve been alive for, Trump would definitely be the funniest one to see get shot.”
“Like, without a doubt, that’d be funny. I’m not asking for that; I don’t want that to happen, but it would be funny to see. He’d be on stage talking (expletive), the shooter would be coming at him, and he’d be like, ‘Sit down.’ He’d definitely make a funny noise when he got hit … It would be funny,” he continued.
Gillis also joked how if Trump was on stage with him, the president would be a good roaster, “He’d bury me. He’d come out and be like, ‘Fat. Loser. Fired.'”
SNL announced on Monday Gillis will no longer be joining the cast.
“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 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,” a spokesperson for the show said.
In his own statement, Gillis said he understood and respected the show’s decision. He ended by noting he was more of a “Mad TV guy anyway.”
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