Pete Davidson Leaves Saturday Night Live After 8 Years

It’s confirmed, Pete Davidson is leaving Saturday Night Live.

Davidson first joined the cast of SNL in 2014 when he was just 20 years old. Now, at 28, he is saying goodbye.

Davidson appeared in the During the Weekend Update segment, Davidson discussed his time on the show and even dropped a few names, including Kanye West and Ariana Grande.

“I appreciate SNL always having my back and allowing me to work on myself and grow. Thank you to Lorne for never giving up on me or judging me even when everyone else was and for believing in me and allowing me to have a place that I could call home with memories that will last a lifetime,” Davidson said.

In an Instagram post, his friend and collaborator Dave Sirus confirmed his exit just hours before the season finale.

“From Pete: This video was taken eight years ago. Jerrod sent it to me last night and it made me super emotional in the best way. In the video I had just gotten back from doing my very first Update and sketch. It’s crazy to think that today I’ll be doing my last one. When I got the show I was 20 years old and I had no idea what I was doing. I still don’t but especially back then,” the caption started.

It continued, “I wasn’t really a sketch performer I was just a stand up. I knew I could never keep up or go toe to toe with a Kenan Thompson or a Kate McKinnon so I was super scared at figuring out what I could possibly bring to or do for such a historic, respected show and platform. I figured 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 got to share so much with this audience and literally grow up in front of your eyes. We were together through the good and the bad, the happiest and the darkest of times.”

“I owe Lorne Michaels and everyone at SNL my life. I’m so grateful and I wouldn’t be here without them. I appreciate you guys always having my back and sticking up for me even when that wasn’t the popular opinion. Thank you for always believing in me and sticking by my side even when it seemed comical. Thank you for teaching me life values, how to grow up and for giving me memories that will last a lifetime,” Davidson’s note continued.

SNL is my home. I’m so happy and sad about tonight’s show. For so many reasons I can’t explain. Can’t wait to be back next year in a Mulaney musical number.”

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