SNL’s Pete Davidson Confirms Exit Ahead of Season 47 Finale

Just hours before the Season 47 finale, Pete Davidson took to Instagram to confirm his upcoming release of Saturday Night Live.

Alongside a video of himself hugging Jerrod Carmichael, Davidson released a moving statement (from the account of SNL and King of Staten Island writer Dave Sirius) on the eight years he spent starring in the late-night sketch series:

Jerrod sent [the video] for me last night and it made me super emotional in the best way. In the video, I had just returned from my very first update and sketch. It’s crazy to think that today I’m going to do my last. When I got the show I was 20 and had no idea what I was doing. I still don’t, but mostly back then. I wasn’t really a sketcher, I was just a stand up. I knew I could never keep up with or face a Kenan Thompson or a Kate McKinnon, so I was terrified of what I could possibly bring or do to such a historic and respected show and platform. I figured since I’m a stand-up, I’m just going to try out my stand-up and personal tracks on Weekend Update as myself and I’m so glad I did. I was able to share so much with this audience and literally grow in front of your eyes. We were together through the good times and the bad times, the happiest times and the darkest. I owe Lorne Michaels and everyone to SNL my life. I’m so grateful and wouldn’t be here without them. I appreciate that you always supported me and stood up for me even when it wasn’t popular opinion. Thank you for always believing in me and sticking by my side even when it seemed comical. Thank you for teaching me the values ​​of life, how to grow and 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 that I can’t explain. I can’t wait to be back next year in a Mulaney musical number. — Young Resident Pete Davidson

Davidson joined SNL in 2014 as a star player before eventually becoming a full-time repertoire player. One of the youngest cast members in the show’s history (he was only 20 when he debuted), he rose to prominence for his appearances on “Weekend Update” and his digital short films. As his star rose, however, his SNL the appearances were less frequent; he was absent from several episodes this season. (His departure was first reported by Variety.)

As previously reported, Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant and Kyle Mooney are also leaving the show following Saturday’s finale hosted by Natasha Lyonne, which airs at 11:30/10:30 a.m. on NBC.

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