Gillis is likely the only person who was ever banned from the show before he even got on the air. In 2019, Shane was slated to join SNL‘s cast as one of their newest featured players, alongside Bowen Yang, Ego Nwodim, and Chloe Fineman. But shortly after it was announced, upsetting clips of Gillis resurfaced. It was brought to light that on his podcast Matt and Shane’s Secret Podcast, he made racist comments and used racial slurs, as well as making disparaging remarks about women and people of the LGBTQ+ community. Shortly after this went public, he was dropped from the cast.