Pete Davidson has shared his candid thoughts on the jokes made about him during his time on SNL.
Pete joined SNL in 2014 when he was just 20 years old, making him one of the youngest cast members in the show’s history. He left the sketch show after eight seasons, during which his personal life was often the subject of jokes.
“Suddenly you’re in tune with the times and it has nothing to do with work,” he continued. “And that’s a really shitty feeling. I became better known before the job was there, but I was still working. I’m cool with the joke. I get the late night jokes.
Paying attention to SNLhe explained, “When your own show [pokes fun at you]…I’d be sitting in the back watching the cold open up and – the cold open up [is] current events, political humour, all that is in culture. And then laugh at you. Then you have to go out and sketch then and hit your mark and the show just laughed at you.”
“So why are they going to laugh at you? Like, they just harassed you in front of everyone,” he added. “And you’re like, ‘I’m a fucking loser, man.'”
“These are the people I’ve been with for nearly a decade. I grew up in front of these people. They were with me during the most difficult period of my life and they were there for me. And no one has ever shown me more freedom and grace than Lorne Michaels, and I owe my life to that guy.”
“But it was really confusing because the nature of entertainment is the nature of this business. In the end, it is what it is. It was a really hard thing to do. You feel small. You you feel very insecure,” he concluded.
This isn’t the first time Pete has publicly challenged SNL’s representation of him. “I personally think I should be done with this show because they’re laughing at me on it,” he said in 2020. “If I’m just fodder now, maybe I shouldn’t. just not being there. They think I’m stupid, like I’m literally portrayed to be this big idiot.
You can read more about what Pete had to say here.