NBC's "Saturday Night Live" has decided not to hire Shane Gillis after offensive remarks from the comedian resurfaced.

"After talking with Shane Gillis, we have decided that he will not be joining SNL," a spokesperson for SNL creator Lorne Michaels told BuzzFeed News on Monday. "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 a comedian and his impressive audition for SNL."


"We were not aware of his prior remarks that have surfaced over the past few days," the spokesperson added. "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."

In a statement posted on Twitter, Gillis said he is "a comedian funny enough to get SNL. That can't be taken away."

A video clip of Gillis using a racial slur against Asian people and making other offensive comments on a since-deleted podcast surfaced soon after it was first announced that he, along with Bowen Yang and Chloe Fineman, would be joining "SNL" for its 45th season.

Gillis also made anti-gay comments and stereotyped Muslims on his show, Variety reported soon after the clip was posted.

He attempted to respond to the criticism in a tweet.

“I’m a comedian who pushes boundaries," Gillis said last week. "I’m happy to apologize to anyone who’s actually offended by anything I’ve said. My intention is never to hurt anyone but I am trying to be the best comedian I can be and sometimes that requires risks."