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Yang says comedian Shane Gillis reached out to him amid controversy

Presidential candidate Andrew Yang said on Twitter that he will sit down with ousted "Saturday Night Live" comedian Shane Gillis. 

The entrepreneur tweeted that the two will be "sitting down together soon" after the comedian reached out.

NBC's "SNL" decided not to hire Gillis after a video of Gillis using a racial slur against Asian people resurfaced last week, in addition to a podcast where Gillis called Yang a derogatory term. Variety also reported that Gillis used anti-gay and anti-Muslim language on his show.

The remarks sparked outrage, but Yang said Gillis should keep his job.

"We would benefit from being more forgiving rather than punitive," Yang said.

Gillis responded to the initial release of his remarks in a tweet, saying, "I'm happy to apologize to anyone who's actually offended by anything I've said."

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