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Pete Davidson Admits He's Ready to "Hang up the Jersey" on 'Saturday Night Live'


May. 28 2021, Updated 12:25 p.m. ET

Comedian Pete Davidson has been open with the public about his personal struggles with anxiety, depression, PTSD, and other mental health issues. In an interview with Charlamagne Tha God posted on Feb. 24, 2020, the comedian talked about his past relationships, his multiple rehab stints, and the future of his career.

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When the Breakfast Club radio host asked the 26-year-old if he's possibly thinking about walking away from Saturday Night Live, Pete admitted he's had "conversations" with numerous people about leaving the sketch comedy series. In May of 2021, people became even more convinced that his departure from the show might be happening soon.

So, will 2021 be Pete's last year on SNL? Here's what we know.

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Pete Davidson hints he is leaving 'SNL' sooner than fans may think.

Pete joined the iconic comedy series in 2014, but it looks like his time on SNL may be coming to an end soon. “It’s a hard thing to do cause you don’t want to ever pull the trigger too early. But everybody’s always been like, ‘You’ll know when you know and it’ll be all right,'” he told Charlamagne Tha God back in 2020. “I personally think I should be done with that show because they make fun of me on it." 

The comic's personal relationships, including his high profile short-lived engagement to Ariana Grande, has been used as material for the sketch series.

“It’s like, whose side are you on? You know, I have a weird feeling in that building where I don’t know whose team they’re playing for, really — If I’m the joke or I’m in on the joke,” he explained about some of the material that has been used during the live-taped show. 

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Pete even admitted that he thought he would walk away from the series the year prior, but decided to continue. “They think I’m f--king dumb. Like, I’m literally painted out to be like this big dumb idiot. Like, even all my sketches are just me being like, ‘OK, sure.'" he explained to Charlamagne. 

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He continued: "I think everybody outgrows it and I think for what I could do on the show — which is just barely anything and it’s just Weekend Update and I feel like I’ve done, like, 30 of those and I just feel like, yeah, I’ve done as much as I can over there but happy to be there as long as Lorne likes me.”  

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During the interview, Pete revealed that SNL is actually very "cutthroat," saying, "Everyone’s trying to get their s--t on. Everyone wants to be the next thing. So it’s not like a loving, care … Like you’re not going to get coddled over there. You know, they don’t give a f--k at the end of the day.” 

While he may have some qualms with his current role on SNL, he had nothing but praise for the show's legendary creator Lorne Michaels. Pete described him as a "father figure" who has shown him "nothing but love." 

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In May of 2021, Pete said he was "ready to hang up the jersey."

On May 27, 2021 The Hollywood Reporter published a virtual roundtable discussion between Pete, Ted Danson, Ed Helms, Lamorne Morris, Ben Platt, and Chris Redd. At one point during the discussion, Pete once again hinted that his SNL career may soon be coming to an end.

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After Kenan Thompson's 18-season-long stint at the show was brought up, Chris said he would never do 18 seasons. "Yeah, I’m good. I’m surprised I made it to seven," Pete replied. "I’m ready to hang up the jersey. Kenan’s like f--kin’ Karl Malone out there."

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The rumors around Pete's possible exit from SNL are currently at an all-time high, especially after he shared a surprisingly emotional message during the Season 46 finale, which aired on May 23, 2021. "I’m very grateful to be here, and it’s been an honor to grow up in front of you guys, so thanks," Pete said at the end of his Weekend Update segment.

Pete hasn't confirmed that he'll be leaving SNL, though. In fact, in that same roundtable interview, he went on to say that he was really glad to come back to the show after a pandemic-induced hiatus. "I was literally sitting with my own thoughts and I was feeling really bad," he said. "I was really excited just to work and see people and I had a different outlook for this season and moving forward. I think I’ve been able to have a lot of fun and I just really appreciate it — not working at all really sucks."

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