Pete Davidson feels like a loser when SNL makes fun of his personal life
“It was a very difficult thing,” Davidson said. “You feel small. You feel super insecure.”
Pete Davidson wasn’t in on the joke.
The “Saturday Night Live” cast member, who is parting ways with the live sketch comedy series in May 2022, reflected on how his high-profile dating life has affected his status on the hit NBC show. Davidson joined the cast in 2014 when he joined as a featured player at the age of 20.
“When your own show (makes me laugh), I sit in the back and watch the cold open and — the cold open (is) current, political humor, whatever is in the culture. And then to make fun of you,” Davidson said with Jon Berth “They are real” podcast (via People). “Then you have to go out and do a sketch next time and you hit your mark and the show just made me laugh. So why will they laugh at you? It’s like they just teased me in front of everyone. And you’re like, “I’m a fucking loser, man.”
Davidson continued: “I’ve been with these people for almost a decade. I grew up in front of these people. They saw me through the hardest time of my life and were there for me. And no one has ever shown me more leeway and grace than (SNL creator) Lorne Michaels, and I owe my life to that guy, but it was so confusing because the nature of entertainment is the nature of this business. At the end of the day, it is what it is. This was a very difficult thing. You feel small. You feel super insecure.”
Davidson continues his relationship with Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video, the production company behind “SNL,” as Davidson writes, executive producing and starring in the new meta Peacock series, “Bupkis.”
The decision to turn the camera on a dramatized version of her own life was rooted in her taking control of the narrative.
“Suddenly you have the zeitgeist and it has nothing to do with work,” Davidson said of her tabloid-driven fame surrounding her A-list connections. “And it feels really bad. I became better known before the work was there, but I was always working.”
Davidson shared, “I’m in my 20s and I’ve dated people. And for some reason it’s really crazy and interesting to people. I don’t think it’s interesting. I’ve been in show business almost half my life – 14 or 15 years and I was on a national TV show. I dated 10 people in 12 years. I don’t think it’s that crazy, but for some people it’s very interesting. That was all anyone could talk about.”
He added: “I’m not leaning, you know what I mean? And these people I dated, I met them at work. I wasn’t in anyone’s DMs, no one was in mine. I worked at one of the five epicenters in Hollywood where you meet people, and that’s how it happened.”
Davidson was previously engaged to Ariana Grande, appeared on the reality series “The Kardashians” as Kim Kardashian’s boyfriend at the time, and is now in a relationship with “Bupkis” and “Bodies Bodies Bodies” co-star Chase Sui Wonders.
“I’m good for a joke,” Davidson concluded. “I understand late night jokes.”
Register: Stay up to date with the latest movie and TV news! Subscribe to our email newsletter here.