Published: Fri, September 13, 2019

Saturday Night Live adds 3 new cast members

Saturday Night Live adds 3 new cast members

A resurfaced video from 2018 that was initially posted to YouTube shows newly minted "Saturday Night Live" cast member Shane Gillis using racial slurs to describe Asians. Yang is now the first full time Asian castmember, and he seems like a brilliant choice to help round out the cast.

While congratulations rolled in for Yang and the show on social media, the freelance journalist Seth Simons uncovered a clip of Shane Gillis, another of the show's hires announced on Thursday, making unquestionably racist comments about Chinese people.

The video surfaced on the same day that the venerable NBC sketch show drew praise for its casting of gay Asian American comedian Bowen Yang. He has performed stand-up at various NY clubs and was featured as a New Face at the Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal. Former players Fred Armisen and Rob Schneider both are one-quarter Asian, but neither has been widely recognized for their Asian ancestry. They join after Leslie Jones exited the show to concentrate on film and other projects.

Ottawa-born actress Sandra Oh took on hosting duties in the past season of Saturday Night Live, and remains one of the few with Asian heritage to take the popular stage.

Leslie Jones, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Redd pictured on SNL in April previous year.

The new season will premiere September 28 with Woody Harrelson hosting and chart-topping pop star Billie Eilish set as the musical guest.

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