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Pete Davidson is leaving Saturday Night Live after seven seasons on the legendary late-night sketch comedy series.
The boyfriend of Kim Kardashian is expected to leave the show ahead of season 48, a source told Variety. His final appearance is rumored to be this weekend’s May 21 episode with Natasha Lyonne hosting.
Davidson, 28, was a relative unknown when he joined the NBC comedy show’s 40th season but has seen his profile rise thanks, in part, to his colorful dating life.
He has been notably absent from the award-winning comedy sketch showing his past season, having missed several episodes while he was filming a new horror flick.
He made headlines over the past year as he dined, vacationed and got cozy with Kardashian and was seemingly in a social media feud with her ex-husband, Kayne West.
Davidson joined SNL in 2014 as a featured player at the age of 20. While he hasn’t confirmed what his plans are next, he has been focusing a lot of energy in the film and TV scene.
The funnyman is gearing up to release his comedy special on Netflix, where he is expected to divulge details of his relationship with Kardashian. The special is slated for release on June 13.
Davidson also revealed he is creating a TV show, Bupkis, which is supposed to tell a ‘raw, unflinching, fictionalized’ version of his real life.
SNL stars Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant and Kyle Mooney are also expected to be leaving the series.
Bye for now: Pete Davidson LEAVING Saturday Night Live after eight years
Davidson became best known on the skit series playing the apathetic ‘Chad’ that first appeared in 2016 and has proven popular over the past five years.
Described as the ‘stereotypical stoner bro,’ Chad appeared in a skit with British superstar Adele when she hosted the show in 2020.
In 2020, Davidson released a movie based on his life, The King of Staten Island, cementing his status as a true breakout star, following in the footsteps of Kristen Wiig. The film marked his one of his first first leading roles at a major studio.
Since then, he has become seemingly committed to furthering his film and television career.
In March, Deadline revealed the SNL regular had missed some episodes of season 47 because he was filming The Home – a horror thriller in which he is the lead.
The film, directed by James DeMonaco, who also directed The Purge, tells the tale of Max, a troubled man who starts working at a retirement home. Davidson’s character realizes the residents and staff were ‘harboring sinister secrets’ and launches an investigation, which unveils connections to his own past as a foster child.
Among the other highlights from his time on the show was when he talked about his mental health on the Weekend Update skit, speaking frankly about his borderline personality disorder diagnosis.
Davidson said: ‘Depression affects more than 16 million people in this country and there’s no cure, per se. But for anyone dealing with it, there are treatments that can help. First of all, if you think you’re depressed, see a doctor and talk to them about medication. And also be healthy: Eating right and exercise can make a huge difference.’
Exit: Pete, 28, was a relative unknown when he joined the NBC comedy series but has seen his profile rise thanks, in part, to his colorful dating life
He then appeared to give SNL a slight dig as he said: ‘Finally, if you’re in the cast of a late-night comedy show, it might help if they, you know, do more of your comedy sketches.’
Colin Jost asked Davidson to clarify his comments, and he didn’t hold back, saying: ‘I was born depressed, but it might make me feel better if I was on TV more!’
He continued: The show is like eight hours long, and there’s like 50 sketches a week. It seems weird you wouldn’t use one of them to fight mental illness, but I guess that’s not your style.’
It was also on Weekend Update where he addressed his split from girlfriend Ariana Grande, saying: ‘I know some of you are curious about the breakup, but the truth is it’s nobody’s business.’
He added: ‘Sometimes things just don’t work out, and that’s OK. She’s a wonderful, strong person, and I genuinely wish her all the happiness in the world.”
More recently, Davidson has become known across the globe thanks to his relationship with megastar Kardashian.
It was revealed earlier this month, that Davidson compared Kim’s ex-husband Kanye West to Mrs. Doubtfire in his new Netflix comedy special, making light of the custody drama between his girlfriend and her ex-husband.
Going strong: Pete and Kim confirmed their relationship in November last year when they were spotted holding hands in Palm Springs, California. (Pictured at the 2022 Met Gala in NYC)
Earlier this year, Kanye, 44, made a string of accusations that Kardashian was preventing him from having full access to their four children; North, sight, Saint, six, Chicago, four and Psalm, three.
In a move that is sure to enrage the rapper, Davidson devotes a segment in Netflix Is a Joke: The Festival where he admits to ‘secretly hoping’ that her ex-husband ‘pulls a Mrs. Doubtfire.’
‘Does anyone else secretly hope that, like, Kanye pulls like a Mrs. Doubtfire?’ he told the laughing crowd in a recently shared clip.
‘I come home one day and they’re like, this is the new housekeeper. And he’s like, “What’s up fam?”
Launching pad: Pete is pictured on SNL in 2018
The joke is relation to the 1993 family comedy that sees Robin Williams playing a recently divorced man who dresses up as a female housekeeper in order to spend time with his children.
The set was filmed on April 30 at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, with Kardashian in attendance at the show.
Davidson previously hinted that he was ready to walk away from SNL back in 2020.
In an interview with Charlamagne Tha God he said: ‘I have conversations with a lot of people [about leaving].’
Adding: ‘It’s a hard thing to do, because you don’t want to ever pull the trigger too early. Everybody’s always been like, ‘You’ll know when you know and it’ll all be all right.’