He’s back! On Saturday Night Live on January 19, Pete Davidson finally addressed a rather disturbing Instagram post he shared on December 15. And in true comedian style, he added a bit of humor to the situation.
Colin Jost introduced Pete, 25, for the “Weekend Update” segment of the show, and said he was there “to talk about a very important experience he had over the holidays.” Pete then explained that he’d had a “really crazy month,” and it seemed like he was about to explain what happened with that Instagram post. Instead, he began to give a review of the new movie The Mule and invited John Mulaney on to talk about the film with him. LOL.
However, Pete and John, 36, did touch upon some of the mental health struggles Pete has been dealing with. “I’ve been spending time with Pete to try to show him that you can have a life in comedy that is not insane. A sober, domestic life.” “Yea,” Pete responded, “And after observing John’s life, I publically threatened suicide. I’m sorry, I know I shouldn’t make that joke, but it is funny.”
In a rather touching moment for Saturday Night Live, John then asked Pete to look him in the eye, and told him he is “loved by many” and that “we are glad you are OK.” Aww. That’s pretty sweet. Pete seemed a little uncomfortable with the interaction, but it’s frankly kind of an uncomfortable situation to talk about so openly on TV, so we get it.
Just to recap, in a text post shared on his official Instagram page, Pete wrote back in December, “I really don’t want to be on this earth anymore. I’m doing my best to stay here for you but I actually don’t know how much longer I can last. All I’ve ever tried to do was help people. Just remember I told you so ❤️.” People were understandably alarmed, but Us Weekly later reported that Pete was “doing a lot better” after that scary update. We wish him all the best!
If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.