Those who watch SNL regularly know that Pete Davidson is a solid source of comedy on the show whether Davidson is there or not. Davidson has often mined his erratic personal and romantic life for comedy on “Weekend Update” segments, but when he’s away — in rehab, filming a movie, etc. — the cast will often tap into that, as well. “A man who drove his car to a music festival still cannot remember where he parked his car a week after the show … Well, we hope you make it back soon, Pete,” Colin Jost once quipped on “Update” in one of many jokes that have been made at Davidson’s expense, both in his presence and not.
To be honest, I always assumed that Pete Davidson was in on the joke, that he used his own personal life as material and implicitly gave others permission to do the same. I just assumed that everyone was great friends on the set of SNL, particularly Davidson, Jost, and Che.
In an interview with Charlamagne Tha God, Davidson — who has been on the show since 2014 — admits that he might be about ready to hang it up, in part because of the way he feels he’s being disrespected on the show. Via EW:
“I have a lot of conversations with people, because it’s a hard thing to do,” Davidson told Charlamagne Tha God when asked in a new interview if he asks Adam Sandler for advice about when to leave SNL. “You don’t ever want to pull the trigger too early. Everybody’s always been like, ‘You’ll know when you know, and it’ll be alright.’ I personally think I should be done with that show because they make fun of me on it.”
He adds, “I’m like, cold open, political punchlines. I’m like, weekend update jokes. When I’m not there, they’ll be like, ‘Huh huh huh, Pete’s a f—ing jerk face.’ And you’re like, ‘Whose side are you on?’”
“I have a weird feeling in that building where I don’t know whose team they’re playing for really, if I’m the joke or I’m in on the joke,” Davidson revealed.
After adding that the environment there is cutthroat, Davidson said that he is grateful for his time on SNL, but is not all that thrilled with being comic fodder for the writing staff.
“I literally was just like, ‘Picture what it’s like to be made fun of and then cut to immediately.’” He adds, “They think I’m f—ing dumb. I’m literally painted out to be this big dumb idiot.”
“So you’ve outgrown it?” Charlamagne asked him. “Yeah, I think everybody outgrows it,” Davidson replied.
Everything that Davidson says about the way that SNL uses him on the show is 100 percent accurate. I assumed — wrongly, it appears — that he has been in on the joke the whole time. He doesn’t think so, although I suspect that the SNL cast — which seems to adore him as much as everyone else — would be surprised to know this.
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