Pete Davidson leaves ‘Saturday Night Live’

Chad is leaving Studio 8H.

Pete Davidsonwho joined”saturday night live” as a relatively unknown and has become a superstar She appears on the gossip page daily and is expected to leave Saturday Night Live after the season finale airs this weekend, according to a person familiar with the situation. He is one of a handful of long-serving actors, including Kenan Thompson, Cecily Strong, Eddie Bryant and Kate McKinnon, whose tenures on the show have come under scrutiny at the end of recent seasons. Davidson joined the show in 2014 as a featured cast member at age 20, one of the youngest cast members of the show’s 47 seasons.

NBC The producers of “SNL” declined to comment.

His departure could draw renewed attention to a long-running program that has typically used summer hiatus to reshuffle its roster of players and contributors. As more TV viewers turn to streaming services to watch their favorite scripted dramas and comedies on-demand, ‘SNL’ takes on new importance for NBC. After being relegated to local news at a time slot network executives deemed unimportant, “SNL” is now broadcast simultaneously across the U.S., meaning it airs prime-time in some parts of the country. “Saturday Night Live” for the 2020-2021 season was the most-watched TV entertainment show among 18- to 49-year-olds, a favorite among advertisers.

In the early days of his tenure, Davidson appeared mostly only in “Weekend Update” segments, where he often delivered self-deprecating stand-up routines.but he has He developed a wider range during “SNL”. In recent seasons, he has impressed with celebrities such as former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and actor Rami Malek, and has been increasingly involved in the show’s many taped sketches. He often appears as the recurring character Chad, an indifferent man who remains forgetful even in the face of horrific or wondrous situations, like being stalked by a killer or on a SpaceX mission.

Davidson’s time on the show also brought distractions, with the gossip hound fascinated by his dating history. During his “SNL” run, Davidson was engaged to singer Ariana Grande, though the relationship eventually fell apart. Most recently, Davidson has been dating reality star and mega-influencer Kim Kardashian, who is hosting the show this season.

In a well-known incident in 2018, Davidson made an “update” routine for then-congressional candidate Dan Crenshaw. Davidson mocked Crenshaw’s appearance, even though Crenshaw lost an eye while serving in the US Navy SEALs in Afghanistan. Davidson will return with an “updated” apology after his comments drew criticism. Davidson is also the star of the 2020 comedy The King of Staten Island, directed by Judd Apatow and based on Davidson’s life story.

It was this biography that attracted fans of the young comedian. Davidson was born on Staten Island, the son of a New York firefighter who was killed in the September 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center. Davidson has always been open about his struggles with mental health and the impact of his father’s death on his childhood.

A growing number of his projects have become more visible in recent weeks. In February, He missed some broadcasts this ‘SNL’ season Take part in the production of the horror film “The Home” directed by James DeMonaco.

Although Davidson is leaving the show, he is expected to continue his relationship with Broadway Video, the production company responsible for “Saturday Night Live.” Davidson is the star, co-writer and executive producer of the new streaming series “Bupkis,” which is expected to appear on NBCUniversal’s Peacock show. Lorne Michaels, Andrew Singer and Erin David of Broadway Video will also executive produce the series, which is distributed by Universal Television.On Monday, NBC announced Edie Falco will play Davidson’s character’s mother in the series.

While appearing in an early presentation on NBCUniversal earlier this week, Davidson made a few jokes about the series and the streaming hub where it will appear. “I can’t believe we’re on Peacock, the anchor who’s been in charge of so many great shows like ‘MacGruber’ and reruns of ‘The Office,'” he joked, adding in a deadpan expression: “I’m” I’m here, so the media will eventually start paying attention to me. “

Watch Pete Davidson’s best “SNL” sketches and appearances here.

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