Shane Gillis has been fired by Saturday Night Live before ever stepping foot on its legendary stage.
The comedian — who came under extreme fire just days after his hiring last week after audio surfaced of some very inappropriate (read: RACIST) jokes and remarks — was let go by NBC on Monday.
“After talking with Shane Gillis, we have decided that he will not be joining SNL,” said a show spokesperson on behalf of SNL boss Lorne Michaels.
This statement continued as follows:
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.
Not long after Gillis was confirmed as one of three new faces on Saturday Night Live Season 45 (along with Chloe Fineman and Bowen Yang), a video resurfaced of the so-called comedian engaging in racist rhetoric.
“Chinatown’s f-ckin nuts,” Gillis can be heard saying in a clip from a September 2018 podcast posted to a YouTube channel called Matt and Shane’s Secret Podcast.
“Let the f-ckin ch-nks live there,” he adds.
Earlier this year, Gillis also referred to Presidential candidate Andrew Yang by this same derogatory term for Asians.
On another episode of this podcst, Gillis referred to Judd Apatow and Chris Gethard as “white f-ckin got comics,” calling them “f-cking gayer than ISIS.”
Aware of the immediate backlash against him, Gillis released a very lame non-apology that used his profession as an excuse for his language and viewpoint.
“I’m a comedian who pushes boundaries,” he wrote on Twitter, as you can see above.
Gillis then added, condescending and pathetic fashion:
“I sometimes miss. If you go through my 10 years of comedy, most of it bad, you’re going to find a lot of bad misses. I’m happy to apologize to anyone who’s actually offended by anything I’ve said.”
In response to his firing, meanwhile, Gillis Tweeted in an equally shameful and cocky manner.
“It feels ridiculous for comedians to be making serious public statements but here we are. I’m a comedian who was funny enough to get SNL. That can’t be taken away,” he wrote, concluding with a dig at the program itself:
Of course I wanted an opportunity to prove myself at SNL, but I understand it would be too much of a distraction. I respect the decision they made.
I’m honestly grateful for the opportunity. I was always a mad tv guy anyway.
The sad truth is that this controversy likely will lead to some fame and riches for Gillis.
He’s actually scheduled to meet with Yang down the road, Tweeted the Democratic hopeful himself.
“Shane Gillis reached out. Looks like we will be sitting down together soon,” Yang wrote this afternoon.
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She and Jacob Pechenik have been married for four years.
Now, the pair of them have split and released a statement.
On Friday afternoon, Zooey Deschanel and Jacob Pechenik released a statement to Us Weekly.
“After much discussion and a long period of contemplation,” the solemn and very formal statement begins.
“We have decided,” they share, that “we are better off as friends, business partners, and co-parents.”
“Rather than life partners,” Zooey and Jacob continue.
This statement comes from them, but it reads exactly like what a publicist would write. Which may be what happened.
Zooey and Jacob may be going their separate ways, but they don’t want anyone getting the idea that this is less than amicable.
They’re still a team — but no longer a union.
The statement affirms: “We remain committed to our business, our values, and most of all our children.”
“Thank you for respecting our privacy at this time,” they conclude.
That is a bit of a surprise. Some famous couples break up after weeks or months of rumors. Some split without warning.
In 2008, Zooey became engaged to Death Cab For Cutie lead vocalist Ben Gabbard.
The two married on September 19, 2009. However, it was not meant to last.
On November 1, 2011, they went public with their separation. It wasn’t even two months later that Zooey filed for divorce.
The December 27, 2011 filing cited “irreconcilable differences,” which is just legal speak for “nobody tried to kill the other but we’re done being married.”
It was nearly a year before that divorce was finalized. Divorce is just a miserable process.
Zooey and Jacob began publicly dating in August of 2014.
At first, he almost seemed like a rebound for her after her breakup with writer Jamie Linden.
On January 17, Jacob proposed to Zooey — and she said yes. This came just days after the couple had announced Zooey’s pregnancy.
The 17 is also Zooey’s birthday, making it extra special … and easier to remember for her future husband. (A very pragmatic choice!)
The two were married in private (and in secret) in August of 2015.
Their daughter, Elsie Otter, was born in July of 2015.
Just about two years later, in May of 2017, their son, Charlie Wolf, was welcomed into the world.
Elsie is four years old. Charlie is two years old.
Zooey also converted to Judaism — Jacob’s religion.
Some fans are already clamoring to know if she’ll stick with her soon-to-be-ex husband’s faith, but we recommend giving her some breathing room.
This is not Zooey’s first divorce, but divorcing when you share two children is a huge deal.
Even when a divorce is totally amicable, deciding upon custody matters can tug at each parent’s heartstrings. Things can get contentious.
And let’s not forget that even the most amicable divorces can sometimes turn acrimonious very quickly.
Kids are a big deal. Money is a big deal. And sometime the human mind doesn’t know how to feel about someone you once loved unless it’s to hate them.
We wish the entire family the best of luck with this difficult transition.
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Yes, folks, the 90 Day Fiance stars just got married!
Koshimbetova took to her official social media account on Friday to confirm she and her boyfriend of more than two years exchanged vows in a courthouse ceremony in Maryland.
“30.08.2019 we are officially husband and wife,” the TLC personality captioned the above selfie of her, Steven and their son Aleksandr “Alex” Frend.
It’s been quite a journey for these two, that’s for certain.
Viewers were introduced to Steven and Olga on Season 6 of the aforementioned TLC series, which chronicled the couple as they navigated the challenging nature of their long-distance relationship.
After Koshimbetova returned to her native Russia with their newborn baby, she kept Instagram followers up to date as Steven traveled thousands of miles for their family to reunite while awaiting the completion of her K-1 visa process.
You can see a photo of him reuniting with Olga HERE.
Just a few months ago, Olga received approval and returned to the United States with baby Alex for good.
It’s rare, of course, for any couple that met via 90 Day Fiance to make it anywhere near a wedding aisle.
But Steven and Olga never really left much doubt that their love was real.
In June, they celebrated their two-year anniversary with Koshimbetova posting a snapshot of her family online and writing:
“Time flies so fast that two years have passed since our meeting. We have already went through a lot of things, but this is only the beginning of our adventure with you, get ready babe.”
There was a point where tension between Steven and Olga reached its troubling peak when Steven confessed that he hadn’t filed paperwork to bring Olga to America, even threatening to take their child to America without her.
In the end, of course, he did not do so.
That was then, though.
Now? Now that the two are living in the same country again?
All appears very well.
Steven recently shared how much having his family together in the United States has meant to him.
“Ever since my family has arrived I have never felt more alive!” he wrote this summer.
The star added that he’s trying hard to improve himself and “learning to be a father as well as a supportive partner.”
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Jussie Smollett’s PR Firm Claims ‘Every Iota’ of Evidence Supports His Story, Because He Thinks We’re all Idiots
Did you see Dave Chappelle’s new stand-up special? One of his best bits was the segment on Jussie Smollett, which Dave pronounced Juicy Smoo-yay. Like basically everyone in the world, he thinks Jussie is lying about being attacked by guys in MAGA Hats in Chicago who put a noose around his neck.
He mentioned, as I have previously, that for starters, what homophobic racist is watching Empire?
I don’t really think what Jussie did is all that bad, certainly not anything that rises above slap on the wrist territory as far as punishment goes, so I’m not one of those people yelling he needs to be investigated or jailed or whatever.
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Is there a better way to kick off your day than with new pics of Ashley Graham being sexy at the beach? I’m sure there are a couple, no need to stop my momentum by listing them, but I think it’s a god damned great way to kick off one’s day by checking out Ashley Graham taking her love on the rocks. It ain’t no big surprise. Just pour me a drink and I’ll tell you some lies.
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