Gillis responded in his own words, claiming he pushes buttons as a comedian and acknowledged that some of his jokes won’t hit the mark. Because of that, he was willing to apologize to anyone offended by his jokes.
“I’m a comedian who pushes boundaries. I sometimes miss,” he said. “If you go through my 10 years of comedy, most of it bad, you’re going to find a lot of bad misses. I’m happy to apologize to anyone who’s actually offended by anything I’ve said.”
Since being let go from the long-running sketch comedy show, Gillis gained popularity on the stand-up circuit. His first comedy special, Shane Gillis: Live in Austin, was released on YouTube in 2021 and he followed that up with Shane Gillis: Beautiful Dogs, which was unleashed on Netflix in September 2023.