Pete Davidson is leaving ‘Saturday Night Live’

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Pete Davidsonwho have joinedSaturday Night Live“As a relative unknown and has become a star He is expected to leave Saturday Night Live, whose audience has watched the pages of the daily gossip, after airing the season finale this weekend, according to a person familiar with the matter. He’s one of a handful of long-serving cast members including Keenan Thompson, Cecily Strong, Eddie Bryant and Kate McKinnon whose tenures came up on the show to scrutinize the final seasons finale. Davidson joined the show in 2014 as a featured player at the age of 20, and is one of the youngest members of the cast in the show’s 47 seasons to air.

NBC He declined to provide the producers at “SNL” with an opportunity to comment.

His departure is likely to bring a fresh burst of attention to the long-running program, which usually uses its summer hiatus to reset its squad of players and contributors. With more TV viewers turning to streaming services to watch their favorite scripted dramas and comedies on demand, ‘SNL’ has gained new importance for NBC. Once carried over to broadcast after local news late at a time when Network Time executives didn’t consider it critical, “SNL” now runs across the United States once, meaning it’s aired at prime times in certain parts of the country. In the 2020-2021 season, “Saturday Night Live” was the most-watched entertainment program on television among viewers aged 18-49, the demographic most favored by advertisers.

Early in his tenure, Davidson appears largely only in segments of “Weekend Update”, where he often introduces actions based on self-deprecation. but he did He developed a broader reach during his time on ‘SNL’. In recent seasons, he has provided celebrity impressions such as former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and actor Rami Malek, and has been increasingly involved in many of the show’s taped sketches. He often appears as the recurring character Chad, an apathetic man who remains oblivious even in the face of terrible or wonderful circumstances, such as being chased by an assassin or going on a SpaceX mission.

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Davidson’s time on the show also distracted him, as the infamous hounds were fascinated by their dating history. During his “SNL” tour, Davidson became engaged to singer Ariana Grande, although eventually broke off the relationship. Most recently, Davidson was dating reality star and mega influencer Kim Kardashian, who hosted the show this season.

In one famous incident in 2018, Davidson performed an “update” routine about Dan Crenshaw, who was then a candidate for a seat in the US Congress. Davidson mocked Crenshaw’s appearance, even though Crenshaw lost one of his eyes while serving on the US SEAL team in Afghanistan. Davidson will return to “Update” to offer an apology after his comments drew criticism. Davidson was also the star of the 2020 comedy, “The King of Staten Island,” directed by Judd Apatow, which is largely based on Davidson’s life story.

It was this biography that attracted fans to the young comedian. Davidson was born on Staten Island and lost his father, a New York firefighter, who was killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Davidson has been vocal about his struggles with mental health and the impact his father’s death had on his childhood.

His growing portfolio of projects has become more evident in recent weeks. in february, He missed a few broadcasts of this season’s ‘SNL’ To participate in the production of “The House” a horror film directed by James de Monaco.

Although Davidson has left the show, he is expected to continue his relationship with Broadway Video, the production company responsible for “Saturday Night Live.” Davidson is the star, co-writer and executive producer on the new broadcast series “Bupkis,” which is expected to appear on NBCUniversal’s Peacock. Broadway Video’s Lorne Michaels, Andrew Singer and Erin David will produce the series, which is distributed by Universal Television. On Monday, NBC announced that Eddie Falco will play Davidson’s mother in the series.

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In his appearance on the NBCUniversal Advance Show earlier this week, Davidson broke down some jokes about the series and the broadcast focus it will appear on. “I can’t believe we’ll be on Peacock, the operator responsible for so many great shows like MacGruber’s ‘The Office’ remake,” he joked, adding in a stoic way: ‘I’m here until the media finally starts paying attention to me.’

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