But he quickly dropped the laid-back killer attitude to become touchingly sentimental about his last episode of “Saturday Night Live.” He exited the program Saturday after the 47th season finale along with Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant and Kyle Mooney.
Davidson ribbed co-anchor Colin Jost about looking like the “only Kennedy who doesn’t drink.” He goofed about what producer Lorne Michaels told him when Davidson phoned in 2018 to say he was getting engaged to Ariana Grande two weeks after beginning to date her: “Oh! Hold on for dear life!”
Davidson also recalled that when he auditioned for “Saturday Night Live” at the age of 20 in 2014, Michaels told him: “I don’t think you’re right for this show, so let’s screw this up together.”
And “that’s exactly what we did,” Davidson said. “And that’s why people who don’t think I deserve the job shouldn’t hate me since we have so much in common.”
“If anything,” he added, “I should inspire hope that literally anyone can be on ‘Saturday Night Live.’ Seriously, you see a guy bumming cigarettes outside a 7-Eleven at 2 a.m., that’s not some meth head, that’s the next Pete Davidson!”
Then, he turned uncharacteristically emotional, thanking “SNL” for “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, like, everyone else was,” Davidson added. “And for believing in me and allowing me to have a place that I could call home with the memories that will last a lifetime. So thank you, guys,”
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This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.