Pete Davidson recently wrapped up another season on “Saturday Night Live” though with more of a sense of finality than in past years. The young comedian appeared on Weekend Update for the season finale to discuss the pandemic, but his last few comments about gratitude and growing up on the show had many fans questioning whether he was preparing to leave “SNL” after seven years. As of now, he is still unsure about whether he will be returning in the fall. “I don’t know what the plan is,” says Davidson in an exclusive new interview for Gold Derby. “Everything’s kind of up in the air right now just depending on scheduling.” Watch the full video webchat above.
If this is Davidson’s last season, he would be going out on a high. While the pandemic caused complications for production on “SNL,” especially at the beginning of the season, the actor loved what he and the show’s writers were able to do creatively. “This was my favorite season so far,” reveals Davidson. “It was definitely the weirdest batch of sketches I’ve ever seen and the weirdest circumstances but I think the most memorable season I’ve certainly had there.” Some of Davidson’s more absurd sketches this season included rapping in various pre-tape bits like “Weird Little Flute,” reprising his role as the carefree-to-a-fault Chad and dressing up as the Grinch.
Looking back on his seven years on “SNL,” which involved some rough patches including stints in rehab, Davidson is most grateful for showrunner Lorne Michaels for never looking at him differently. As Davidson describes, Michaels “never made me feel like my job was in jeopardy,” even during some of his more troubling moments. He also credits his fellow cast members for getting him through tough times, particularly Kenan Thompson, Colin Jost, Kate McKinnon and Aidy Bryant. “They’ve always been, from the jump, always there for me.”
Davidson will next be seen on the big screen in “The Suicide Squad,” a sequel to 2016’s “Suicide Squad,” alongside Margot Robbie, John Cena, Idris Elba and Joel Kinnaman. Filming the high-budget superhero film was a dream come true for Davidson. “I was just in awe the whole time,” he admits. “When you get to do a superhero movie and James Gunn is involved, it’s like the [Judd] Apatow and Lorne Michaels of the comedy world.”
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