Saturday Night Live adds 3 new cast members

'Saturday Night Live' Adds 3 New Cast Members, Including First Asian Star Bowen Yang

Saturday Night Live is adding a trio of cast members ahead of season 45.

Saturday Night Live has taken heat over the years for an overall lack of ethnic diversity, with scant Asian representation among its cast members or hosts.

While congratulations rolled in for Yang and the show on social media, the freelance journalist Seth Simons uncovered a clip of Shane Gillis, another of the show's hires announced on Thursday, making unquestionably racist comments about Chinese people.

In the 2018 video, recorded as part of "Matt and Shane's Secret Podcast", Gillis and co-host Matt McCusker rant about Chinatown, its residents and its cuisine, using racial slurs and stereotypes throughout the segment.

Fineman and Gillis were both named New Faces at the Just Laughs Festival in Montreal in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

Seth Simons 
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Seth Simons this again is from September 2018

NYU graduate Yang appeared on the show opposite host Sandra Oh last series as North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un.

Representatives for Gillis and NBC did not immediately reply to Variety's request for comment.

Change is a constant at SNL, which is helmed by Canadian executive producer Lorne Michaels.

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

SNL returns September 28 with host Woody Harrelson and musical guest Billie Eilish. She joins a long line of Jewish comedians on the famed sketch show - Gilda Radner, Andy Samberg, Adam Sandler and Sarah Silverman, to name a few.



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