One of the newest members of Saturday Night Live Shane Gillis has been caught referring to Chinese people as ‘f***ing ch**ks’ in a video podcast from last year.
Comedian Shane Gillis used the racial slur along with other offensive remarks about language barriers and calling Chinatown ‘f***ing nuts’ in the footage.
It was posted by comedy critic Seth Simons who claimed the clip was from a September 2018 broadcast of ‘Matt and Shane’s Secret Podcast.’
In the video, which has since been deleted from YouTube, Gillis is heard saying to co-host Matt McCusker that their conversation is ‘nice racism, good racism.’
On Thursday night, Gillis apologized for the video on Twitter, which in part read: ‘I’m happy to apologize to anyone who’s actually offended by anything I’ve said.’
He is due to appear alongside Chloe Fineman and Bowen Yang, who is the first full-time cast member of East Asian descent, on the SNL premier on September 28.
WARNING: Video below contains offensive and racist language
Comedian Shane Gillis (above) has been revealed to have used a racial slur in a video for online series ‘Matt and Shane’s Secret Podcast’ from September 2018
Gillis (left) had been announced as one of the new Saturday Night Live cast members alongside Bowen Yang (center), the shows first full-time cast member of East Asian descent, and Chloe Fineman (right). The new season is due to air September 28
Several of the episodes from the podcast series are available online, including on Apple Podcasts.
In the footage, the pair were discussing ‘Chinatown’ when Gillis said: ‘Let the f***ing ch**ks live there.’
He can be heard putting on a mocking Chinese accent along with mispronouncing the word noodles.
Gillis said: ‘The translation between you and the waiter it’s just such a f***ing hassle, it’s like can you, I’m pointing at it, like this is the f****ing noodles.’
McCusker can also be heard stating that Chinese food was ‘dishonest.’
He added: ‘There’s nothing to it, it’s sh**ty meat, a chemical they made up to f*** your body up and noodles.’
Gillis and the other future cast members were officially welcomed by the SNL’s official Twitter page on Thursday with the comment ‘Season 45 Alert.’
The first episode of the new season is due to air on September 28, with host Woody Harrelson and performances by Billie Eilish.
The members were announced around two weeks after Leslie Jones revealed to she would be leaving the show after five seasons.
Shane Gillis (left, pictured at Clusterfest on June 21, 2019) was one of three new cast members announced for SNL. They were revealed around two weeks after long-serving cast member Leslie Jones said she would be leaving after five seasons
Gillis featured alongside co-host Matt McCusker on their video post. Since being shared by a comedy critic, the segment of the show ‘Ka-Pow’ has been viewed over half a million times
In an apology he posted on Thursday, Gillis admitted he was a comedian who ‘pushes boundaries’ and admitted, ‘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.
‘My intention is never to hurt anyone but I am trying to be the best comedian I can be and sometimes that requires risks,’ he added.
Since the segment was shared by Simons it had been viewed more than 500,000 times and was originally viewed on ‘Ep 98 Ka-Pow’ after 57:29, he claimed.
Comedian Adam Conover who created and hosts truTV show ‘Adam Ruins Everything’ posted an elongated version of the name ‘Jesus’ in response.
Twitter user Shane wrote: ‘What’s the shortest amount of time an SNL cast member has lasted.’
‘Man gets angry that Chinese food has additives in, somehow forgetting that he’s from America,’ Amy Rose quipped.
‘You mean to tell me the guy that guy hired for SNL is caught on tape doing a silly voice?!’ Michael Rainey added.
Christopher Marc wrote: ‘SNL hires an Asian comedian to the cast and then also this MAGA one who used a bunch of racial slurs on camera.’
DailyMail.com reached out to NBC and Gillis for comment but did not immediately hear back before publishing.