Pete Davidson confirms he's leaving SNL with emotional letter ahead of final episode & amid romance with Kim Kardashian
PETE Davidson has penned an emotional letter confirming he's leaving Saturday Night Live.
The heartfelt Instagram post comes ahead of his final episode and ongoing romance with Kim Kardashian.
Close friend Dave Sirus shared a message on behalf of Pete, 28, on Saturday, May 21st.
It began, "From Pete: This video was taken 8 years ago. Jerrod [Carmichael – a fellow comic] sent it to me last night and it made me super emotional in the best way."
The video portrayed a jersey-clad young Pete seemingly at a loss for words, hugging his friend Jerrod backstage at 30 Rock.
"In the video I had just gotten back from doing my very first update and sketch. It’s crazy to think that today I’ll be doing my last one."
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He continued in his caption: "When I got the show I was 20 years old and I had no idea what I was doing.
"I still don’t but especially back then. I wasn’t really a sketch performer I was just a stand up.
"I knew I could never keep up or go toe to toe with a Kenan Thompson or a Kate McKinnon so I was super scared at figuring out what I could possibly bring to or do for such a historic, respected show and platform.
"I figured since I’m a stand up I’ll just try my stand up and personal bits on Weekend Update as myself and I’m so glad I did."
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'I OWE SNL MY LIFE'
"I got to share so much with this audience and literally grow up in front of your eyes," Pete continued in the lengthy nostalgic message.
"We were together through the good and the bad, the happiest and the darkest of times.
"I owe Lorne Michaels and everyone at SNL my life.
"Im so grateful and I wouldn’t be here without them.
"I appreciate you guys always having my back and sticking up for me even when that wasn’t the popular opinion.
He concluded, thanking his fans for "always believing in me and sticking by my side even when it seemed comical."
"Thank you for teaching me life values, how to grow up and for giving me memories that will last a lifetime.
"SNL is my home. I’m so happy and sad about tonight’s show. For so many reasons I can’t explain. Can’t wait to be back next year in a Mulaney musical number," he joked.
It was signed: "⁃ Resident young person Pete Davidson"
One fan commented, "So sad he’s leaving SNL but happy for him and his bright future!"
Variety broke the news that Pete, who joined SNL as a relatively unknown and precocious New York comic in 2014, was expected to leave the show.
According to the outlet, long-serving cast members including Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, and Kylie Mooney are also expected to exit.
NBC declined to make producers at SNL available for comment.
The Staten Island native's departure will likely see the end of Chad, Pete's apathetic sketch character which recurred as his star rose.
Tonight's episode will be the finale of season 47, and the star and co-creator of Russian Doll, Natasha Lyonne will be the host for the night.
Two years after Pete joined the cast he shot his first one-hour stand-up special for Comedy Central.
That same year he was named on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list.
Five years later in 2020, he released his Netflix special Pete Davidson: Alive From New York.
Davidson also co-wrote and starred in the film The King of Staten Island in 2020 with Judd Apatow directing.
The New Yorker is working on a new sitcom, Bupkis with Peacock, part of NBC which is SNL's network.
BIG DECISIONS WITH KIM
Yesterday, Deadline reported that Pete and his girlfriend Kim, 41, may be considering a move down under, as their relationship becomes more and more serious.
Last October, they started dating after they reconnected when she hosted his soon-to-be former show.
The two shared an on-screen kiss during an Aladdin-inspired sketch.
Their courtship has since gone from strength to strength, despite their bicoastal situation and interference from Kim's ex-Kanye West, 44.
He has landed a role in Wizards! and filming will take place in Queensland, Australia.
Friend Dave is also the comic who leaked alleged texts "from bed" between Pete and Kim's ex.
The Sun earlier exclusively revealed that the reality star recently told her new boyfriend to get a place in LA so they can make their relationship work.
As he integrates with the famous family, Pete is now turning to momager Kris Jenner, 66, for career advice.
Kim's new relationship has also been a hot topic on the Hulu show The Kardashians, although Pete is not featured in any episodes this season.
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