Pete Davidson has confirmed he will make his final appearance as one Saturday Night Live starring on May 21, which marks the series’ 47th season finale. The 28-year-old comedian joined the show in 2014.
SNL author Dave Sirius passed on a farewell message from Davidson on his own Instagram account. That King of the State of Iceland the actor’s note was accompanied by a video of himself hugging comedian Jerrod Carmichael. Although Carmichael was the host SNL last month, the video is actually eight years old.
“This video was taken eight years ago,” wrote Davidson, who earlier this month attended the Met Gala with boyfriend Kim Kardashian. “Jerrod sent it to me last night and it made me super-emotional in the best way. In the video, I had just come back from making my very first [“Weekend Update”] and sketch. It’s crazy to think that today I have to do my last. “
Hours away from adorning Studio 8H for the finale with Natasha Lyonne as host, Davidson reflected on his eight years on the NBC show.
“When I got the show, I was 20 years old and I had no idea what I was doing,” he continued. “I still do not, but especially back then. I was not really a sketch artist, 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 to find out what I could possibly bring to or do for such a historic, respected show and platform.I figured that since I’m stand-up, I would just try my stand-up and personal stuff on ‘Weekend Update’ like myself and I’m so glad I did.I got shared so much with this audience and literally grew up before your eyes.We were together through the good and the bad , the happiest and darkest time. “
Ringer SNL his “home”, the cartoon continued to thank fans and SNL creator Lorne Michaels, who will be producing his upcoming Peacock series, Bupkis, starring Edie Falco. Davidson also missed the opportunity to make a cameo along the way, one that would likely involve a good friend and recurring host John Mulaney.
“I owe Lorne Michaels and everyone at SNL my life, “he wrote.” I am so grateful and I would not be here without them. I appreciate that you always have my back and stand up for me, even when it was not the popular opinion. Thank you for always believing in me and sticking by my side, even if 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 not explain. Can’t wait to be back next year in a Mulaney musical number. “
Davidson volunteered as “living young Pete Davidson.” Together with Bupkishis post-SNL career will include upcoming films Body Body Body and rom-com Meet Cutewhere he plays opposite Kaley Cuoco.
Variety was the first to report that Davidson was expected to leave SNL; longtime cast members Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon and Kyle Mooney will also reportedly leave the show after Saturday’s finale.