Pete Davidson from ‘SNL’ Hints That He May Be Quitting the Show

Pete Davidson from Saturday Night Live may be leaving the sketch comedy show. He recently shared that he was on the verge of leaving the iconic comedy series last year but returned this year.

“I really wanted last year to be my last year,” he told Charlamagne tha God. Davidson has faced several challenges over the past few years. After he and singer Ariana Grande broke up, Davidson suffered a mental setback. He shared a disturbing message on Instagram that was alarming for family, friends, and fans.

Pete Davidson as Hunter Biden during the "Impeachment Fantasy" Cold Open
Pete Davidson as Hunter Biden during the “Impeachment Fantasy” Cold Open |Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

In the deleted message, Davidson wrote that he didn’t “want to be on this earth anymore,” Variety reports. He added, “I’m doing my best to stay here for you but i actually don’t know how much longer i can last. all i’ve ever tried to do was help people. just remember i told you so.” Davidson also retreated from the show during that time. Davidson has since re-emerged making more appearances on SNL. But will this be his last season?

Why is he ready to leave?

Davidson shared why he was mulling over a decision to leave SNL. “Here’s the thing. I personally think I should be done with that show because they make fun of me on it … I get it, but I’m cold open political punchlines,” he shares. “I’m ‘Weekend Update’ jokes. When I’m not there, they’ll be like, ‘Ha ha ha, but Pete’s a f**king jerk face.’ And you’re like, whose side are you on?”

“I really wanted last year to be my last year, but I’m still around and trying to knock it away,” he shared. Davidson added that he had “a weird feeling” that he wasn’t sure if he is “the joke, or if [he’s] in on the joke.” 

Even though he may be ready to make a move, Davidson says he has to find the right timing to depart. “It’s a hard thing to do because you don’t ever want to pull the trigger too early,” he said. “But everybody has always been like, ‘You’ll know when you know and it’ll all be alright.’” Adding, “I feel like, yeah, I’ve done as much as I can over there but [I’m] happy to be there as long as Lorne likes me.” 

Davidson is launching a Netflix special

Davidson follows in the footsteps of other SNL alums like Leslie Jones. Like Jones, Davidson will have a Netflix special, Alive from New York, that is scheduled to drop on February 25.

Also like his SNL counterparts, Davidson lays it all out during his standup. “I don’t think there’s a more honest relationship between a gay dude and a straight dude because there’s just nothing to gain,” he shared in the trailer for the special.

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“There’s always one gay friend that I don’t think is ******* gay at all,” Davidson continued. “It’s that gay dude that will, like, run up on your girlfriend and squeeze her boobs and slap her *** and be like, ‘**** girl, you look great!’ I don’t find that ******* funny — like at all. I’m all for the gayness; it doesn’t mean I’m against gayness. You just get to slap *** on a technicality? That’s not ******* fair at all. I would never do that just because I could. I would never walk up to his boyfriend, tug his dick and be like, ‘Nice, Gary. Not for me, but cool.’”