This is the end of an era. Eight years later, Pete Davidson said goodbye to “Saturday night live.” The “King of Staten Island” star said goodbye to the series during the “Weekend Updates” segment of the season finale on May 21, joking that executive producer Lorne Michaels “accidentally gave me a sock so I’m free”.

Throughout the segment Davidson nodded at his story dating history, while squeezing out a host of their own branded self-deprecating jokes. He initially joked with Weekend Update presenter Colin Jost about how even he was shocked by his success. “I never thought it would be my life,” he said. “Back then I was just a skinny kid and no one knew what race I was in. And now everyone knows I’m white because I’ve become very successful just by getting to work. Look at me now, I’m getting old as an old banana ”.

Davidson’s farewell was not all a joke. Between name checks Kanye West and Ariana Grande, he expressed sincere gratitude to Michaels for taking a risk with him, although the executive producer initially did not think he was suitable for the show. When he was hired, Michaels told him, “Let’s spoil it together.”

“And that’s exactly what we did,” Davidson continued. “And that’s why people who think I don’t deserve this job shouldn’t hate me because we have so much in common. Let’s say I have to give hope that literally everyone can be on “Saturday Night Live”.

As the update drew to a close, the comedian allowed himself to take seriously how much time meant to him in the SNL. “Thank you Lorna for never giving up on me or judging me, even if everyone else did,” Davidson said. “And for believing in me and allowing me to have a place that I could call home with memories that will last a lifetime.”

Shortly before the broadcast, Davidson shared a long farewell message with fans of “SNL” through “SNL” and in the Instagram of the writer “King of Staten Island” Dave Sirus. “When I got the show, I was 20 years old and I had no idea what I was doing,” he wrote. “I still don’t, but especially then. I wasn’t really a performer of the sketch, I was just a stand-up comedian. I knew I would never be able to keep up with Kenan Thompson or Kate McKinnon, so I was super afraid to find out what I could bring or do for such a historic, respected show and platform. I decided that since I’m a standout, I’ll just try my stand-ups and personal moments in the Weekend Update as I and I “I’m so glad I did. I had to share so much with this audience and literally grow before your eyes. “We’ve been together through the good and the bad, the happiest and the darkest times. I owe Lorna Michaels and everyone in SNL my life.”

Davidson then thanked his fans and the SNL family for “supporting me and supporting me, even if it was not a popular opinion.” He continued: “Thank you for teaching me the values ​​of life, how to grow and for giving me memories that will last a lifetime. SNL is my home. I am so happy and sad about today’s show. For many reasons I can.” can’t wait to come back next year to a [John] Mulaney Music Room.

Davidson joined the SNL cast back in 2014, when he was just 20 years old and he was still a relatively unknown comedian from New York’s Staten Island. He has since catapulted into the spotlight, making a name for himself with memorable characters such as carefree Chad, wonderful performances in “Weekend update“and viral scenes like”Jasmine and Aladdin“, Which he performed with his now girlfriend, Kim Kardashian.

As one of the youngest cast members in SNL history, Davidson began with smaller roles, winning over audiences with his dry and often self-deprecating humor. However, over the years his presence has become more prominent and his personal life began to arouse the interest of fans and the media. After he missed two shows earlier this season, viewers began to wonder why Davidson disappeared and when they see him perform again. However, after spending time filming his new horror thriller “House,” Davidson eventually returned.

His increasingly busy schedule could be another reason for his departure from the SNL. But, in Davidson’s own words, he’s even shocked that he’s been with the cast for so long. Asked in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter about whether he would ever do an 18-season race, like Kenan Thompson, Davidson replied, “Yes, I’m fine. I’m surprised I reached seven. I’m ready to hang my T-shirt. ”

– Additional report by Sabiena Bowman.

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