New ‘SNL’ Cast Members
Receive Mixed Reactions.
NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ recently announced the addition
of three new cast members to their popular late night show.
Comedians Chloe Fineman,
Shane Gillis and Bowen Yang are
slated to become feature players
in the upcoming 45th season.
Yang, who has been a writer for the sketch
show since September 2018, will be the
show’s first Chinese-American regular.
His hiring has been praised as an important step
forward, as there has only been a total of six Asian
or Asian-American hosts in the history of the show.
On the other hand, Gillis has been at the center
of controversy since the announcement of his hiring.
A 2018 clip currently circulating online features
Gillis making racist comments against the Asian
community as well as many other groups.
He has since issued
an apology, saying he
is a “comedian who
pushes boundaries.” .
It is not yet known whether
the unearthed comments will
affect NBC’s hiring of Gillis.