‘SNL’: Pete Davidson confirms departure from Sketch series – Read statement

Just hours before the Season 47 finale, Pete Davidson took to Instagram to announce his impending departure from Saturday Night Live

Alongside a video embracing Jerrod Carmichael, Davidson posted an emotional statement (from the account of) SNL and King of Staten Island writer Dave Sirus) about the eight years he spent running 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 I’ll be doing my last today. When I got the show I was 20 years old and had no idea what I was doing. I still don’t, but especially then. I wasn’t much of a sketch performer, I was just a stand-up. I knew I could never keep up with a Kenan Thompson or a Kate McKinnon, so I was super scared to find out what I could bring or do for such a historic, well-respected show and platform. I thought since I’m a stand-up I’ll just try my stand-up and personal bits on Weekend Update as myself and I’m so glad I did. I have been able to share so much with this audience and literally grow up before your eyes. We were together in good times and bad, in the happiest and in the darkest times. I’m Lorne Michaels and everyone at… SNL my life. I am so thankful and I wouldn’t be here without them. I appreciate you guys always standing behind me and standing up for me, even if that wasn’t the popular opinion. Thank you for always believing in me and standing by my side, even if it seemed comical. Thank you for teaching me life values, how to grow up and giving me memories that will last a lifetime. SNL is my home. I am so happy and sad about tonight’s show. I can’t explain it for so many reasons. I can’t wait to be back next year in a musical number from Mulaney. — Resident Younger Pete Davidson

Davidson joined SNL in 2014 as a featured player before eventually becoming a full-time repertory player. As one of the youngest cast members in the show’s history (he was only 20 when he debuted), he became known for his “Weekend Update” appearances and digital short films. While his star is rising, his SNL appearances have been 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 after Saturday’s Natasha Lyonne-hosted finale, which airs at 11:30 AM on NBC.

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