The 28-year-old comic joined “SNL” in 2014 when he was just 20 years old. He was one of the youngest cast members ever.
After eight years, comedian Pete Davidson is leaving “Saturday Night Live.”
Davidson verified the news on Saturday, May 21 — the day before the “SNL” season finale — by posting a behind-the-scenes video of his debut sketch with a touching caption.
“I was 20 years old when I got the show, and I had no idea what I was doing,” he stated in a post on creative partner Dave Sirus’ Instagram. “I don’t now, but I didn’t back then. I was a stand-up comedian, not a sketch performer.”
Davidson said, “I got to share so much with this audience and truly grow up in front of your eyes.” “We were there for each other through the good and bad, the happy and sad moments. Lorne Michaels and everyone at Saturday Night Live saved my life. I’m quite appreciative, and I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for them. I appreciate you always having my back and standing up for me, even when it wasn’t popular to do so.”
“Thank you for always believing in me and remaining by my side, even when it looked absurd,” he continued. “Thank you for instilling in me life principles, teaching me how to mature, and providing me with lifelong memories. SNL is where I call home. Tonight’s show makes me both thrilled and sad. I can’t explain why for a variety of reasons.”
“Resident young person Pete Davidson,” he signed the parting note.
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When he was just 20 years old, the 28-year-old comic joined “SNL.” He was one of the youngest members of the cast.
He’s been seen in “Weekend Update” skits as himself, as well as in sketches as “Chad,” an easily distracted, extremely relaxed, and apathetic man who gets himself into ridiculous situations.
In the years afterwards, he has participated in various productions and co-wrote and starred in “The King of Staten Island,” a full-length feature film.
He’s also billed as a co-creator and star of Peacock’s upcoming sitcom “Bupkis.”
Davidson was also regular tabloid fodder during his time on the NBC variety show. He was engaged to pop diva Ariana Grande for a short time in 2018 and is now dating reality star and business mogul Kim Kardashian.
In March, the two made their romance official on Instagram, and in April, Kardashian told TODAY’s Hoda Kotb that it came out of nowhere.
“I believe that sometimes things happen when you least expect them.” During an interview for Hoda’s “Making Space” podcast, the “Kardashians” star revealed, “It was the last thing I actually planned on.”
“And so, when it happened, we were like, ‘Oh, my God, I wasn’t expecting this.’ And this isn’t even what I was thinking of,’ which only adds to the sweetness and joy,” she explained.
Aside from his impending Peacock program, Davidson may take a page from Kardashian’s business book in terms of diversifying his portfolio in the future.
He and his “SNL” co-star Colin Jost bought a disused Staten Island boat earlier this year. According to the New York Times, the two intend to turn it into an arts and entertainment venue.