Rob Schneider rips 'Saturday Night Live' for 'inquisition' in Shane Gillis firing

Former “Saturday Night Live” trouper Rob Schneider on Monday likened the firing of new cast member Shane Gillis to an “inquisition.”

Schneider, a “SNL” regular from 1990 to 1994, wrote an open letter to Gillis after the comedian was dropped by the show for mocking Asians and using the slur “chinks” in a resurfaced podcast.

“Dear @Shanemgillis as a former SNL cast member I am sorry that you had the misfortune of being a cast member during this era of cultural unforgiveness where comedic misfires are subject to the intolerable inquisition of those who never risked bombing on stage themselves,” Schneider wrote. 

Earlier Monday, “SNL” canned Gillis just days after hiring him, calling his language “offensive, hurtful and unacceptable.”

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SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 16 -- Pictured: Rob Schneider as Richard Laymer during 'Office Party' skit on March 23, 1991 -- (Photo by: Alan Singer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 18: Rob Schneider (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 13 -- Pictured: (l-r) Rob Schneider as Rick Hurley, Jan Hooks as Judy Rifkin, Roseanne Barr as Lori Churkin during 'Comedy Killers' skit on February 16, 1991 -- (Photo by: Alan Singer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 11 -- Pictured: (l-r) Rob Schneider as Hal Kaufman, Chevy Chase as Enrique Kaufman during the 'Kaufman's Big And Tall, And Short And Small Sephardic Jew Men's Clothing Store' skit on January 18, 1992
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 283 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Rob Schneider during an interview with host Jay Leno on August 11, 1993-- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
256642 12: Actor Rob Schneider attends the premiere of 'Broken Arrow' February 5, 1996 in Los Angeles, CA. The film tells the story of a rogue pilot who steals a nuclear warhead and the flying partner who is sent to track him down. (Photo by Russell Einhorn/Liaison)
American actor Rob Schneider stars as hacker Herman Ferguson in the dystopian sci-fi film 'Judge Dredd', 1995. (Photo by Richard Blanshard/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 996 -- Pictured: (l-r) Host Jay Leno and actor Rob Schneider during the 'Romance Novel' sketch on September 18, 1996 -- (Photo by: Margaret C. Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Rob Schneider posing for a segment photo in front of an NBC Super Bowl RV on January 21, 1998 -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Actor Rob Schneider attends the 'Money Talks' Hollywood Premiere on August 19, 1997 at Pacific's Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Rob Schneider attends the 'Tomcats' Universal City Premiere on March 28, 2001 at AMC Universal City 18 - CityWalk in Universal City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Rob Schneider wearing pet cone in scene from the film 'The Animal', 2001. (Photo by Columbia Pictures/Getty Images)
Rob Schneider arrives at the 2001 MTV Move Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Ca., 6/2/01. Photo by Dave Hogan/MP/Getty Images
Rob Schneider at the New York Friars Club Celebrity Roast honoring Hugh Hefner at the New York Hilton in New York City, September 29, 2001. Photo by Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect.
HOLLYWOOD - AUGUST 27: Singer-songwriter Michael Bolton (C) poses with actors Chuck Norris (L) and Rob Schneider at a ceremony honoring Bolton with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on August 27, 2002 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 2843-- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Rob Schneider during an interview with host Jay Leno on December 23, 2004 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - DECEMBER 27: Actor Rob Schneider poses outside Tantra Restaurant December 27, 2004 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
CANCUN, MEXICO - MARCH 8: (U.S. TABS OUT) Actor Rob Schneider poses for a photo backstage during a taping for MTV Spring Break on the beach at The City nightclub March 8, 2005 in Cancun, Mexico. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
Rob Schneider during Rob Schneider Presents 'Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo' Memorabilia to Planet Hollywood in New York City at Planet Hollywood , Times Square in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS - AUGUST 6: Rob Schneider on the red carpet before the premier of Deuce Bigalow European Gigolo at the Palms casino on August 6, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Haraway/Getty Imag
Rob Schneider, MTV VJ Vanessa Minnillo and Eddie Griffin (Photo by Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic)
LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O'BRIEN -- Episode 2102 -- Pictured: (l-r) Comedian Rob Schneider during an interview with host Conan O'Brien -- (Photo by: Norman Ng/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Hilary Duff and Rob Schneider, hosts at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Rob Schneider and FUSE VJ Marianela during Rob Schneider and Head Automatica Visit Fuse's 'Daily Download' - April 7, 2006 at Fuse Studios in New York City, NY, United States. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/WireImage)
David Carradine and Rob Schneider, director during 'Big Stan' - On Set Photos at Hop Louie in Los Angeles, CA, United States. (Photo by Jesse Grant/WireImage)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - JUNE 01: Adam Sandler, Tom Cruise and Rob Schneider backstage at the 2008 MTV Movie Awards on June 1, 2008 at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Actor Rob Schneider arrives to the 2008 MTV Movie Awards on June 1, 2008 at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Comedian Rob Schneider poses at The Ice House Comedy Club on October 15, 2009 in Pasadena, California.
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 3846 -- Pictured: Comedian Rob Schneider performs on June 16, 2010 (Photo by Stacie McChesney/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 23: Rob Schneider and guest attends the premiere of 'Grown Ups' at the Ziegfeld Theatre on June 23, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage)
Actors Kevin James, David Spade, Rob Schneider, Adam Sandler and Chris Rock attends the premiere of 'Grown Ups' at the Ziegfeld Theatre on June 23, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 11: (L-R) Actors Cheech Marin and Rob Schneider speak onstage at the 2012 People's Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on January 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 30: Actor Rob Schneider and Guest arrive to 'Late Show with David Letterman' at Ed Sullivan Theater on January 30, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jeffrey Ufberg/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 01: Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi, Rob Schneider and Jenni 'JWOWW' Farley visit SiriusXM Studio on February 1, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Episode 4208 -- Pictured: (l-r) TV personality Khloe Kardashian Odom, Actor Rob Schneider backstage on February 28, 2012 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 24: Actor Rob Schneider arrives at the 'Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser' world premiere at Sony Studios on June 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
US actor Rob Schneider poses for the photocall of the TV series 'Real Rob' at the MIPCOM audiovisual trade fair in Cannes, southeastern France, on October 5, 2015. Held each year on the French Riviera, the audiovisual trade fair brings together the movers and shakers of the global entertainment business to network, talk shop and buy, sell and finance new content. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 28: Rob Schneider performs at the Boot Campaign's Comedy Boot Jam at The Improv on October 28, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by FilmMagic.com/FilmMagic)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 30: Actor Rob Schneider (R) and wife Patricia Maya Schneider attend the premiere of 'The Ridiculous 6' at AMC Universal City Walk on November 30, 2015 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03: Actor Rob Schneider visits SiriusXM Studios - December 3, 2015 at SiriusXM Studios on December 3, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Mack/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 10: Actors Eugenio Derbez (L) and Rob Schneider pose for a photo as Eugenio Derbez is honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on March 10, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 29: Rob Schneider (C) attends the 15th Annual Bob Hope USO K-Earth 101 Comedy Radiothon at The Laugh Factory on June 29, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 20: Actor Rob Schneider (R) and wife Patricia Maya Schneider attend the attend the Platino Awards 2017 - Welcome Party on July 20, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Samuel de Roman/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 22: Rob Schneider and Patricia Maya attend the 'Platino Awards 2017' photocall at La Caja Magica on July 22, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Juan Naharro Gimenez/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 27: Actor Rob Schneider and wife Patricia Maya Schneider attend the premiere of 'Flatliners' at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on September 27, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
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Gillis had previously issued a not-exactly-contrite statement in which he wrote that he was happy to apologize to anyone “actually offended.” On Monday, the comic tweeted that he respected the variety show’s decision.

Other comics also blasted “SNL’s” move. On “Lights Out with David Spade” Monday, former “SNL” player Spade opted to “stay out of the fray.” But guest Jim Jefferies did not. “This is just canceled culture,” he said, in the clip below. “The guy shouldn’t have been fired.”

“Are we going to get rid of every sketch that ‘SNL’ has done that involves race?” he added. “I remember John Belushi dressing as an Asian man with a samurai sword. That was the whole sketch.”

Fellow guest and comedian Bill Burr said: “We’re not running for office. When is this going to fucking end?”

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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