Pete Davidson said a heartfelt goodbye to his time on Saturday Night Live in the season 47 finale.
Davidson, 28, spent eight years on the show after he became the youngest cast member in the show’s history in 2014. The departures of Davidson alongside Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon and Kyle Mooney represent one of the biggest cast shake-ups in years on a show that has seen unusual steadiness in recent seasons.
He appeared, as he often did, in a desk piece on Weekend Update for his send-off with Colin Jost and Michael Che.
‘Hello Colin and Che and millions of people only watching to see if I bring up Kanye,’ he said, referring to girlfriend Kim Kardashian’s ex-husband, whom Davidson has been embroiled in a public war of words with.
He went on to thank everyone involved with the show and discuss how far he’d come since he joined the cast.
Pete Davidson said a heartfelt, funny goodbye to his time on Saturday Night Live in the season 47 finale
‘I appreciate SNL always having my back and allowing me to work on myself and grow and thank you to Lorne for never giving up on me or judging me, even when everyone else was and believing me and allowing me to have a place to call home with memories that will last a lifetime,’ he said
‘Back then I was just like a skinny kid and no one knows what race I was. Now everyone knows I’m white because I’m hugely successful despite never showing up for work,’ Davidson joked.
Davidson also referenced the controversy he created when he mocked Congressman Dan Crenshaw’s eyepatch, pointing out that Fox News has now done the same after ‘calling me a monster’ for saying it himself.
‘Tucker Carlson called him ‘Eyepatch McCain’. That’s two veterans in one insult!’
He then made comparisons to what he’d said about Crenshaw to Chris Rock insulting Jada Pinkett-Smith before husband Will slapped him at the Oscars.
‘I was simply making a joke about someone’s appearance without realizing the story behind it was a sensitive issue, which is an SNL alumni tradition.’
Davidson also shared advice SNL creator Lorne Michaels gave to him when he announced he was engaged to singer Ariana Grande.
‘He said: Oh, hold on for dear life! That’s a true thing he said!’
He wrapped up by again thanking everyone involved with the show.
As usual, he wasn’t afraid to get controversial, and joked about Chris Rock insulting Jada Pinkett-Smith before husband Will slapped him at the Oscars
McKinnon’s Miss Rafferty immediately offered to go and appeared to give a goodbye to the show and planet earth. ‘Well, earth, I love ya, thanks for letting me stay a while… live from New York, it’s Saturday Night,’ McKinnon ended the sketch, appearing to choke up
‘I appreciate SNL always having my back and allowing me to work on myself and grow and thank you to Lorne for never giving up on me or judging me, even when everyone else was and believing me and allowing me to have a place to call home with memories that will last a lifetime.’
Kate McKinnon also appeared to bid farewell during the opening sketch of the season finale.
McKinnon, who was reported to be leaving alongside fellow veteran cast members Aidy Bryant, Davidson and Kyle Mooney, brought back her recurring character Miss Rafferty in the show’s cold open.
SNL first did a version of this sketch back in 2015 when Ryan Gosling hosted the show and became a noted crowd favorite for McKinnon’s ability to make other cast members break and laugh on air.
The sketch went by the usual formula of McKinnon, Cecily Strong and the host (this week was Natasha Lyonne) relating their alien abduction experiences to Pentagon officials, including Bryant.
The sketch ended with the Pentagon officials telling the three that they needed a person to go with them in exchange for alien technology secrets.
SNL is where Pete first met his girlfriend Kim Kardashian: The couple began dating in November of last year after sharing a kiss in a sketch during Kim’s Saturday Night Live hosting gig in October
Since then, the couple have been inseparable. Pete and Kim are pictured together at the Met Gala earlier this month
Kim was not able to join her boyfriend for the finale as she is currently in Italy with the rest of the Kardashian/Jenner clan for Kourtney’s wedding to Travis Barker. Similarly, Pete will be missing the wedding for his final SNL appearance
McKinnon’s Miss Rafferty immediately offered to go and appeared to give a goodbye to the show and planet earth.
‘Well, earth, I love ya, thanks for letting me stay a while… live from New York, it’s Saturday Night,’ McKinnon ended the sketch, appearing to choke up.
Bryant received an individual signoff during a Weekend Update piece with Bowen Yang in which Che specifically asked the audience to give it up for the 10-year SNL vet.
Davidson has officially confirmed that he will be leaving Saturday Night Live after seven seasons on the sketch show.
In a lengthy Instagram post shared by the 28-year-old comedian’s friend Dave Sirus on Saturday, Davidson stated that tonight’s 47th season finale show will be his ‘last one’ as he thanked creator Lorne Michaels and the cast: ‘I owe Lorne Michaels and everyone at SNL my life.’
The video shared alongside the caption featured Davidson hugging comedian Jerrod Carmichael, 35, after doing his ‘very first update and sketch,’ with Davidson adding, ‘It’s crazy to think that today I’ll be doing my last one.’
Davidson also shared advice SNL creator Lorne Michaels gave to him when he announced he was engaged to singer Ariana Grande
Last show: In an Instagram post shared by the comedian’s, 28, friend Dave Sirus on Saturday, Davidson stated that tonight’s 47th season finale show will be his ‘last one’ as he thanked creator Lorne Michaels and the cast: ‘I owe Lorne Michaels and everyone at SNL my life’
Pete’s post was shared from his pal’s account after the comedian deleted his own Instagram following online harassment from girlfriend Kim Kardashian’s, 41, ex-husband Kanye West, 44.
Davidson started out the emotional message writing: ‘This video was taken 8 years ago. Jerrod sent it to me last night and it made me super emotional in the best way.’
He then admitted that when he first joined SNL at age 20, he ‘had no idea’ what he was doing because he ‘wasn’t really a sketch performer.’
Davidson went on to praise his co-stars, noting, ‘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.’
Davidson also revealed he is creating a TV show for Peacock called Bupkis, which is supposed to tell a ‘raw, unflinching, fictionalized’ version of his real life.
Edie Falco was announced to star as his mother, with SNL head honcho Lorne Michaels producing.
McKinnon, 38, won two Emmys and was nominated for nine in her 10 seasons on the show, during which her impressions included Hillary Clinton, and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Her comic chops with characters like alien abductee Miss Rafferty frequently drove castmates and guest hosts to lose it live on air.
Bryant, 35, joined the cast at the same time as McKinnon and has been a constant in sketches ever since, getting four Emmy nominations of her own.
Mooney, 37, appeared in nine seasons starting in 2013.