Saturday Night Live adds three cast members

Shane Gillis will join Season 45 of

Shane Gillis will join Season 45 of"Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live has added its first Asian cast member, and in the interest of balance, also added its first openly anti-Asian cast member.

Also joining the show as featured players are Chloe Fineman and Shane Gillis. It had been speculated at that time that Kate McKinnon would also be leaving the show, but she is poised to return when "SNL" begins its new season on September 28 with host Woody Harrelson and musical guest Billie Eilish. He has performed stand-up at various NY clubs and was featured as a New Face at the Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal.

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. Yang joined "SNL" as a staff writer last season and is co-host of the "Las Culturistas" podcast.

Among hosts, the long history of SNL includes a short list of Asian or Asian Americans, with Awkwafina, Aziz Ansari and Jackie Chan among them.

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Officials from Saturday Night Live did not immediately respond to requests for comment about the hiring of Gillis.

Shane Gillis, one of three new "SNL" cast members announced Thursday morning, can be seen using a racial slur in a resurfaced video posted to a YouTube channel called Matt and Shane's Secret Podcast.

Saturday Night Live will be returning to NBC later this month when Woody Harrelson hosts with musical guest Billie Eilish on September 28. Leslie Jones will be leaving the show after five seasons on the show.

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