Shane Gillis Returns to SNL: Why Was He Fired & How Did the Audience React?

Shane Gillis is back on the SNL stage, and it’s anything but quiet. His firing in 2019 for using offensive slurs made headlines, and his comeback monologue has reignited the debate. Was it funny? Was it too soon? Let’s dive into the controversy and the audience’s heated reactions.

The 2019 SNL Scandal: What Got Shane Gillis Fired?

Shane Gillis
Shane Gillis

In the days following his 2019 announcement as an SNL cast member, resurfaced clips of Gillis using racist, homophobic, and sexist language caused a massive uproar.

SNL ultimately backtracked amidst the backlash, with a spokesperson calling his remarks “offensive, hurtful, and unacceptable.”

Gillis’ Comeback Monologue: “Don’t Google That”

Gillis didn’t shy away from the controversy during his 2023 return, even making a pointed joke about his firing: “Don’t look that up.

If you don’t know who I am, please don’t Google that…” Some self-deprecating jokes followed, but he also used the word “retarded” and joked about his family, generating an undeniably awkward vibe.

Audience Reactions: Not Exactly Enthusiastic

Gillis picked up on the crowd’s lukewarm energy: “Look, I don’t have any material that can be on TV… This is, you know, just the most nervous I’ve ever been.” Footage of seemingly unimpressed audience members and the band fueled the fire online.

The Twittersphere ignited with a mix of criticism and support for Gillis’ return. Memes highlighting everything from the audience’s stone-faced reactions to Gillis’ own discomfort dominated the conversation.

The core debate: was this a case of cancel culture gone too far, or a justified consequence for past offensive behavior?


Does Shane Gillis regret the comments that got him fired?

He issued a brief apology in 2019 but has since defended some of his past jokes.

Did SNL address the controversy surrounding Gillis’ return?

No, the show itself has not commented beyond the initial firing in 2019.

Was Shane Gillis ever funny on SNL?

Opinions are sharply divided, with some finding his humor edgy and others labeling it offensive.

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