- Kanye West confirmed this week that his next album will be a gospel one.
- Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek said he has to have chemotherapy again for pancreatic cancer after his “numbers went sky high.”
- Someone suggested maybe—just maybe—there could be a Princess Bride remake, and fans lost their minds.
- Some politicians and law enforcement suspect the government of President Nicolas Maduro of looting Venezuelan artwork to pay the bills. —L.L.
NBC’s Saturday Night Live just fired one of its new hires before he could even appear on-air. Network executives did not know before selecting Shane Gillis for the late-night sketch show cast that the comedian had a history of using a racial slur against Asians. But they quickly learned when journalist Seth Simons (warning: link contains obscenity) tweeted a video of Gillis recording a podcast and saying just about every offensive thing imaginable about Chinese food, accents, and customs.
Through a spokesperson, SNL creator Lorne Michaels said the vetting process in hiring Gillis “was not up to our standard.” But Simons questioned the honesty of that statement, noting that Gillis’ “toxicity is a consistent, defining part of his comedy.” Simons called out not just Gillis, but “a whole class of comics that treat comedy as an ethical framework in which to say reprehensible things.”
The anti-Chinese remarks got the attention of Andrew Yang, an Asian American entrepreneur and Democratic presidential candidate. Yang, who has been the butt of some of Gillis’ jokes, offered to sit down with the comedian and talk out their differences. Through Twitter, Yang confirmed the two are due to meet soon. And he told those calling for Gillis’ head to settle down: “I think we have, as a society, become excessively punitive and vindictive concerning people’s statements and expressions we disagree with or find offensive. I don’t think people should be losing jobs unless it’s truly beyond the pale and egregious.” —Lynde Langdon