Saturday Night Live adds 3 new cast members

Saturday Night Live adds 3 new cast members

The announcement of three new regulars for Saturday Night Live, including the first Asian-American cast member, has been eclipsed by an old YouTube video that surfaced in which one of them made a racial slur against Asians.

Yang will be the show's first Asian cast member.

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.

Fineman regularly performs with the Groundlings and was named a New Face at 2018's Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal.

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Chloe Fineman, Shane Gillis and Bowen Yang join this season according to an NBC press release, and a tweet from the show's official account. Outside of Studio 8H, he co-hosts the "Las Culturistas" podcast, and has earned fans through oddball videos featuring him expertly lip-syncing dialogue from movies and viral videos.

Looking forward to seeing how these 3 rookies are used when Saturday Night Live returns in two weeks.

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

The new season will premiere September 28 with Woody Harrelson hosting and chart-topping pop star Billie Eilish set as the musical guest.