Claim: SNL Hired Comic Who Made Racist Remarks in Effort to Attract ‘Conservatives’

NewsBusters | 9/20/2019 | Staff
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Variety magazine, the online and print entertainment publication, this week asserted that the reason Saturday Night Live hired a comedian who, it turns out, made racist remarks, was to appeal to conservatives. The September 17 story, by Joe Otterson and Michael Schneider, offered no quotes, just a claim from anonymous “sources.”

The journalists claimed:

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Saturday Night Live was looking to shake things up with the casting of Shane Gillis -- and it did, albeit unintentionally. According to sources, the long-running NBC comedy show and series mastermind Lorne Michaels were actively looking to cast a comedian for its new season who would appeal to more conservative viewers.

This was meant to counteract the appearance of a liberal bias on the show, given that it has seen a major resurgence in popularity in recent years with Alec Baldwin regularly portraying President Donald Trump.

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Is this true or just an assumption by the liberals at Variety? There’s no on the record quotes confirming it — in the entire story. If it is accurate, it would just be a clumsy effort by a liberal show attempting to reclaim conservatives who have abandoned SNL.

Otterson and Schneider also stated: “Auditions for such performers usually consist of character bits and celebrity impressions. It is believed that Gillis, who has no credited onscreen acting experience, auditioned using a portion of his stand-up routine.

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“But Gillis didn’t get in trouble for his stand-up,” the reporters noted. Instead, “his offensive language and racist comments came on his podcast, which isn’t a honed, developed routine.”

“Michaels took the weekend to gather information before making Gillis’s firing official on Monday,” Otterson and Schneider stated. “This was clearly a learning lesson and one that will lead to a much more...
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