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Comedian Pete Davidson sent a heartfelt message to fans hours before his final show on Saturday night by announcing he was leaving “Saturday Night Live” after eight years.
Davidson, who doesn’t use social media, revealed via a friend Dave Sirus’ Instagram post that he would be leaving after the season finale over the weekend.
Sirus posted an open letter from Davidson along with a flashback video of the “SNL” veteran sharing a hug with comedian Jerrod Carmichael.
“This video was taken 8 years ago,” Davidson wrote. “Jerrod sent it to me last night and I was so excited in the best way. In the video, I had just come back from doing my 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 and didn’t I had no idea what I was doing. I still don’t know, but especially back then.”
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He said that when he first joined the show in 2014, he “wasn’t really a sketch actor” and was “just a comedian,” and that he didn’t think he could “keep up or go toe-to-toe” with veterans of the show. Kenan Thompson and Kate McKinnon show.
“So I was very scared to find out what I could bring or do for such a storied and respected show and platform,” Davidson said.
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“I thought since I’m a stand-up guy, I’ll try out my stand-up and personal parts on ‘Weekend Update’ as myself and I’m so glad I did,” he continued. “I was able to share so much with this audience and literally grow in front of their eyes. We were together through thick and thin, through the happiest and darkest times.”
The comedian, who began dating Kim Kardashian after she hosted the show last October, expressed his appreciation for the show’s creator Lorne Michaels and “everyone at ‘SNL,'” saying he is “so grateful” and that ” I wouldn’t be here without them.” “
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“I appreciate you always standing behind me and sticking up for me, even when that wasn’t the popular opinion,” he said. “Thank you for always believing in me and standing by me even when it seemed funny. Thank you for teaching me the values of life, how to grow up, and giving me memories that will last a lifetime. SNL is my home. I am so happy and sad for him.” tonight’s show. For so many reasons I can’t explain.”