Who is Pete Davidson?
- Pete Davidson is expected to leave SNL following the broadcast of this weekend's season finale
- He is one of several long-serving cast members including the likes of Kenan Thompson and Kate McKinnon
- He joined the show in 2014, at the age of 20, making him one of the show's youngest cast members
He is one of several long-serving cast members, including Kenan Thompson, Cecily Strong, Aidy Bryant, and Kate McKinnon, whose employment on the show has been called into question at the end of recent seasons. Davidson joined the show as a featured player in 2014, at the age of 20, making him one of the show's youngest cast members in its 47 seasons.
"SNL" was originally relegated to airing after the late local news in a time slot network officials didn't believe important, but it now runs live across the United States all at once, which means it airs in primetime in some parts of the country. In the 2020-2021 season, "Saturday Night Live" was the most-watched entertainment programme on TV among viewers aged 18 to 49, the demographic most desired by advertisers.
Davidson spent the majority of his time on "Weekend Update," where he frequently delivered self-deprecating stand-up routines. However, his variety has expanded since his tenure on "SNL." In recent seasons, he has done celebrity impressions such as former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and actor Rami Malek, and he has become increasingly involved in many of the show's taped routines.
He frequently appears as the recurring character Chad, an apathetic man who stays unconcerned even when confronted with grave or amazing situations, such as being chased by a killer or embarking on a SpaceX mission.
Davidson's tenure on the show has also provided distractions, with gossip mongers obsessed with his dating history. Davidson was engaged to singer Ariana Grande during his "SNL" tenure, but the relationship ended. Davidson has most recently been dating reality TV star Kim Kardashian, who hosted the show this season.
Davidson famously performed a "Update" act about Dan Crenshaw, then a candidate for a U.S. Congressional seat, in 2018. Davidson made fun of Crenshaw's appearance, despite the fact that Crenshaw lost an eye while serving on a US SEAL unit in Afghanistan. After his words garnered criticism, Davidson returned to "Update" to apologise. Davidson also starred in Judd Apatow's 2020 comedy "The King of Staten Island," which was loosely based on Davidson's life.
Fans are drawn to the young comic because of his biography. Davidson was born on Staten Island and lost his father, a New York firefighter, in the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001. Davidson has been honest about his mental health difficulties and the impact his father's death had on his boyhood.
His increasing to-do list has become more visible in recent weeks. In February, he missed a few "SNL" episodes to participate in the production of "The Home," a horror film directed by James DeMonaco.
Davidson is quitting the show, but he is likely to maintain a relationship with Broadway Video, the production firm behind "Saturday Night Live." Davidson is a co-writer and executive producer of the new streaming sitcom "Bupkis," which will air on NBCUniversal's Peacock channel. Broadway Video's Lorne Michaels, Andrew Singer, and Erin David will also executive produce the series, which will be released by Universal Television. NBC announced on Monday that Edie Falco will play Davidson's character's mother in the series.
Davidson made a few jokes about the series and the streaming hub where it will be available at NBCUniversal's upfront presentation earlier this week. "I can’t believe we are going to be on Peacock, the streamer that is responsible for so so many great shows like ‘MacGruber” and the reruns of ‘The Office,'" he quipped, before adding, deadpan, "I’m here so the media will finally start paying attention to me."