I'm Not Convinced Pete Davidson May Leave 'SNL'

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I'm Not Convinced Pete Davidson May Leave 'SNL'

It's time for our annual round of "Is Pete Davidson Leaving Saturday Night Live?" But is this going to be the first time the answer is actually...yes? This week, the comedian seemed to imply that he already performed his last live show, telling Gold Derby, "I don't know what the plan is. Everything's kind of up in the air right now, just depending on scheduling." He continued, saying of the season finale, "It' is my seventh year, and that's usually what the contract's usually for, so it was really emotional."

Before you freak out about a world without Pete Davidson's Chad or his unique Weekend Update monologues, just know that this could mean absolutely nothing. It's true that just a month ago Davidson told The Hollywood Reporter that he was "ready to hang up the jersey." But, he's said this kind of thing before, and yet he still showed up for the 2020-2021 season. Allow me to elaborate:

  • Feb. 2020: Speaking with Charlamagne Tha God, Davidson said that he actually wanted to leave in 2019. "I really wanted (2019) to be my last year, but I'm still around and trying to knock it away," he said. Spoiler alert: 2019 was not his last year, and neither was 2020.
  • June 2020: While promoting his movie The King of Staten Island, he told Entertainment Tonight that he actually didn't have any plans to leave SNL in the near future. "I will be there as long as they allow me to be," he said. "I think I'm very lucky to be on that show and I'm really lucky to have Lorne Michaels as, you know, not only a mentor and a boss, but a friend. I'll be there as long as they allow it."

Based on this trajectory, I'm guessing in another month or so, we'll get another interview of Davidson saying he's actually, really very happy to be at SNL. And that's totally fine! A man is allowed to change his mind. And, who knows, maybe he'll decide to stay for just one more season, or continue to appear on a limited basis. According to TV Line, SNL negotiates new contracts in the late summer, which means Davidson still has time to make a decision one way or another. And maybe he can negotiate a more limited contract. If Aidy Bryant can miss out on a huge chunk of the season to film Shrill, I think Davidson can go off and do his own thing while still remaining a member of the cast.

This isn't to say that Davidson will stay on SNL for much longer. It's obvious that he wants to branch out into movies. He's got The Suicide Squad coming out in August and he's reportedly in talks to star in a rom-com with Kaley Cuoco. There's no denying Davidson has one foot out the door, but I still think he's going to stick around for at least one more season.


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