New 'SNL' cast member Shane Gillis used racial slur on podcast

New 'SNL' cast member Shane Gillis used racial slur on podcast

Yang is now the first full time Asian castmember, and he seems like a brilliant choice to help round out the cast.

Also joining the show as featured players are Chloe Fineman and Shane Gillis.

In the two-minute clip from an episode titled "Ka-Pow", Gillis and co-host Matt McCusker denigrate Chinatown; in addition to using the anti-Chinese slur, Gillis mimics a Chinese accent and mocks the conventions of Chinese restaurants.

In addition to hilariously impersonating public figures including Elizabeth Holmes, Timothée Chalamet and Lindsay Lohan for her almost 65,000 Instagram followers, Chloe Fineman is a veteran of The Groundlings, a Los Angeles-based improv and sketch comedy troupe which counts Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig among its alumni, and she was named a New Face at the 2018 Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal.

Among hosts, the long history of SNL includes a shortlist of performers with Asian heritage; Canadian Sandra Oh, Awkwafina, and Jackie Chan are among them.

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"Saturday Night Live" Season 45 premieres September 28 at 11:30 p.m. on NBC.

"SNL" is produced in association with Broadway Video.

Leslie Jones is leaving the cast of SNL to pursue other endeavours.

Gillis, a Mechanicsburg-native who regularly performed at the Harrisburg Comedy Zone, was one of three cast members announced by the longtime comedy show on Thursday. Besides Eilish, musical guests include Taylor Swift and Camila Cabello.

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