Shane Gillis

Shane Gillis To Host “Saturday Night Live” On February 24th

Shane Gillis.
Shane Gillis: Live In Austin. Courtesy of YouTube.

Later this month, Shane Gillis will be making his Saturday Night Live debut as host, alongside rapper & musical guest 21 Savage. Gillis has become a big name in comedy within the last five years. But this isn’t his first encounter with the landmark show.

This, of course, follows what happened back in 2019 when Gillis was hired to be a cast member on the show with Chloe Fineman and Bowen Yang. That same day as the announcement, however, footage surfaced of Gillis making homophobic and anti-Asian remarks on a podcast. Gillis apologized and parted ways with the show.

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Since then, Gillis has carved out a sizable following for himself. He’s released two stand-up specials and started his own popular sketch series on YouTube, Gilly and Keeves.

When the announcement was shared last night, the response from the comedy community seemed very supportive of the full circle moment for Gillis. The move seemed to generate a lot of love on his Instagram post. However, there also has been some backlash from others on social media over the decision to have Gillis host. This follows after Yang could be spotted two weeks ago being visibly uncomfortable with Dave Chappelle making a guest appearance during the show’s goodnights

It sort of reminds us of when Norm MacDonald was invited back to host a year and a half after getting fired in 1999. In his monologue, he said at the time “I haven’t gotten funnier, the show has gotten really bad!”

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