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Posted Wednesday 1/02/19 at 10:27AM EST
Pete Davidson returns to standup after Instagram scare, alleges that Louis CK tried to get him fired from SNL
Source: Us Weekly
Davidson performed in Boston on New Year's Eve, two weeks after an alarming Instagram post. He spoke frankly about his split from Ariana Grande and alleged that when Louis CK hosted during his first year on Saturday Night Live, he told Lorne Michaels “that Pete smokes so much weed that it makes people uncomfortable.” ALSO: Davidson also joked about Louis CK's death.
Posted Tuesday 12/18/18 at 2:01PM EST
Dan Crenshaw spoke to Pete Davidson after alarming Instagram post
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"I talked to him personally (Sunday)," the incoming U.S. representative, who appeared alongside Davidson on SNL's "Weekend Update" last month, said in an interview with KPRC2 in Houston. "We don't go back very far. We're not good friends. But, I think he appreciated hearing from me. I told him everyone had a purpose in this world. God put you here for a reason. It's your job to find that purpose. And you should live that way."
Posted Monday 12/17/18 at 9:24PM EST
Report: Lorne Michaels dropped Pete Davidson's sketches from SNL, is trying to help him after scary Instagram post
Source: Page Six
A source tells Page Six: "The decision was taken to give Pete a break on Saturday night – his sketches were dropped before the early evening rehearsals. Lorne has pledged to help all he can, including sending Pete to get help. Everyone on the cast is hugely protective of him and were obviously upset — particularly Colin Jost and Michael Che on ‘Weekend Update.’” The source says Davidson is expected to return to SNL in the new year.
Posted Monday 12/17/18 at 1:35PM EST
SNL's final episode of 2018 mostly avoided Trump, but that didn't stop the president from lashing out at it as a "Democratic spin machine"
Source: The Washington Post
Aside from the It's a Wonderful Life cold open, last week's episode seemed entirely Trump-free. "For anyone who feels Saturday Night Live spends too much time each week trying its hands at political satire, particularly by skewering the Trump administration, Saturday’s episode might feel like a Christmas miracle," says Travis M. Andrews. "The show took a giant step away from politics in its final episode of 2018. Replacing the biting social commentary was an hour of oddball sketches and surreal humor." Yet Trump expressed frustration again with SNL, tweeting: "A REAL scandal is the one-sided coverage, hour by hour, of networks like NBC & Democrat spin machines like Saturday Night Live. It is all nothing less than unfair news coverage and Dem commercials. Should be tested in courts, can’t be legal? Only defame & belittle! Collusion?"
- Pete Davidson reportedly woudn't allow Ariana Grande to visit him at SNL on Saturday following his alarming Instagram post
- SNL had no comment on Trump's latest outburst against the show
- CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota defends SNL against the president: "Do not mess with our comedy!"
- Weezer's Rivers Cuomo was "actually crying" watching the SNL sketch about his band
Posted Sunday 12/16/18 at 3:05AM EST
Pete Davidson briefly appears on SNL hours after raising concerns with alarming Instagram post
Source: The Daily Beast
An NYPD officer was sent to NBC's Saturday Night Live studios Saturday afternoon to check up on Davidson after he raised alarms with an ominous Instagram post, before deleting his account, in which he wrote: "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." Separately, an NBC representative contacted the NYPD to say Davidson was at work and was fine. Davidson didn't appear in any of SNL's live sketches Saturday night -- he did play Rami Malek in a pretaped Oscars host audition sketch. Davidson later appeared live to introduce musical guests Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson. Davidson has been outspoken about his mental health struggles, specifically with Borderline Personality Disorder. He addressed his mental health in September in a candid interview with Howard Stern.
Posted Monday 12/03/18 at 1:18PM EST
Pete Davidson posts candid Instagram post about getting bullied and being suicidal
Source: BuzzFeed News
The SNL star published a lengthy note on Instagram describing the harassment he's received from being in a high-profile relationship with Ariana Grande. “I’ve been getting online bullied and in public by people for 9 months," he wrote. "I’ve spoken about (Borderline Personality Disorder) and being suicidal publicly only in the hopes that it will help bring awareness and help kids like myself who don't want to be on this earth.” Davidson added: “I just want you guys to know. No matter how hard the internet or anyone tries to make me kill myself. I won’t."
Posted Wednesday 11/28/18 at 8:50PM EST
Claire Foy gets in an SNL food fight with Pete Davidson
Watch the promo for The Crown alum's episode, featuring Davidson showing her the ropes of being an SNL host.
Posted Saturday 11/17/18 at 6:41AM EST
Why Dan Crenshaw was worthy of an SNL apology: He belonged to a powerful group
Source: The Washington Post
It's all about power dynamics, says Helena Andrews-Dyer. "Who gets an apology and who doesn’t may say more about society than the 'sorry' itself," she says. "Veterans with battle wounds. Yes. Apologize! Black Mississippians reminded of their state’s history of lynchings. Not so much. A former intern hung out to dry for an affair with a U.S. president. Eh. She should probably just get over it already. The running theme here is that the powerful in any given formula offer amends only to those they deem worthy." Andrews-Dyer adds: "That brings us back to Crenshaw (R-Tex.) and Davidson — the most recent and succinct example of the apology dynamic playing out along scripted lines. Davidson is a big-time famous person (maybe you remember his ex-fiancee Ariana Grande) who picked on a lesser-known person in a bad joke about his disability. But while Crenshaw himself may not have been especially powerful, he was part of a powerful group: Just about everybody was offended for him because he was straight out of central casting for an American hero (though the congressman made it a point to say he wasn’t offended). So there was no questioning that Crenshaw was worthy of an apology. It was a matter of when, not if. And it came in a big way, live on Saturday night."
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Posted Tuesday 11/13/18 at 10:47PM EST
Pete Davidson may be the most unlikely star player in SNL history
Davidson is one of the most unique cast members in Saturday Night Live history because while he's become its most talked-about player, he's not very good on the show, says Eric Harvey. "He can’t do impressions, his attempts at Digital Shorts are weak tea compared to the (admittedly high) standards set by Lonely Island, and the closest he’s come to a breakout character is his monosyllabic pool-boy homewrecker," says Harvey. "He does play a solid sideman—word to Uncle Butt—and makes his mark as a frequent in-sketch breaker." Even Davidson has admitted his SNL shortcomings, telling Variety: “I’m not good at sketch comedy. I don’t know how to do that, or write it.” "In spite of all this, he’s taken over Season 44 because of 'Weekend Update,'" says Harvey. "While last season’s SNL energy was focused on the show’s Trump-themed cold opens, this year has thus far revolved around the personal life of the show’s coolest cast member," thanks to his engagement to Ariana Grande over the summer and his more recent Dan Crenshaw controversy. Harvey notes that SNL cast members rarely become bigger than the show. And when they do, they usually leave. "All this means that for much of this season, the show—and maybe more importantly in 2018, the post-show coverage—has revolved around Pete Davidson," says Harvey. "And not Pete Davidson, the sketch performer: Pete Davidson, the persona. It’s hard to predict where Davidson might go from here; maybe by the end of the season, Davidson will join Eddie Murphy as the only current cast members to host Saturday Night Live."
- "Saturday Night Live has created a comedic monster": Dan Crenshaw pens a Washington Post Op-Ed explaining why he didn't seek an apology
- Read the story of Scott Matthew Davidson, Pete Davidson's firefighter father who was killed on 9/11
- SNL releases a "supercut" to say goodbye to Kate McKinnon's Jeff Sessions
Posted Tuesday 11/13/18 at 10:03AM EST
SNL feels more bipartisan following the midterms
Source: The Ringer
"For a show that’s sprinted full-tilt into liberal poster child status through nearly two years, SNL’s first post-election episode had a strange unifying theme: bipartisanship," says Alison Herman, pointing to Liev Schreiber's patriotic monologue and U.S. Rep.-elect Dan Crenshaw's surprise appearance on "Weekend Update." Yet she wonders if Saturday Night Live went too far with Pete Davidson's apology, considering Crenshaw's hard-right polarizing views. "With relatively sharp 'Weekend Update' jokes on the one side and the Crenshaw gambit on the other, SNL still tries to straddle the line between unifying entertainer and unabashed dart thrower," says Herman. "Davidson’s faux pas, followed by Davidson’s overcorrection, epitomizes the pitfalls of such waffling. Doubling down on the remark doubtless wouldn’t have been a good look; nor would shying away from the Republican Party to begin with. But this fruitless middle path was unflattering in a way that felt particular to SNL’s chronic identity split."
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- SNL took the bait, buckling under the firestorm of indignation over a bad joke
- "Making fun of a wounded soldier’s disability is terrible. So is polishing the public image of a partisan ideologue"
Posted Monday 11/12/18 at 2:39PM EST
Dan Crenshaw was initially hesitant to make an SNL "Weekend Update" cameo, but became excited to "pitch a bunch of comedy ideas"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"We were hesitant at first, we weren’t sure what the skit was going to look like," the recently elected U.S. representative from Texas said on the Today show. "But in the end, we decided to do it because what better platform than to give a united message for the country, talk about forgiveness and then talk about veterans?" Crenshaw, an Afghanistan War vet who was the target of Pete Davidson's joke about him losing his right eye in combat, said that the process was collaborative, and they let him do the serious part at the end of his "Weekend Update" cameo. “They come up with the framework, I have a bunch of ideas," he said. "It’s not all (that) often that I get to pitch a bunch of comedy ideas to one of the biggest shows in the world, so the Good Idea Fairy was all over the place." He added: "It felt good and it felt like the right thing to do. I would appreciate if everybody would stop looking for reasons to be offended and that's what this was all about."
Posted Monday 11/12/18 at 10:33AM EST
How rare was Pete Davidson's SNL apology to Dan Crenshaw?
Source: The Washington Post
Apologies from Lorne Michaels and his crew are exceedingly rare. And when they usually happen, they are half-apologies, like when Sinead O'Connor tore a photo of Pope John Paul II in 1992. Or when Larry David joked about dating in concentration camps in 2017.
Posted Sunday 11/11/18 at 4:43AM EST
SNL brought on Dan Crenshaw so Pete Davidson could apologize for mocking his war injury
Source: The Daily Beast
The former Navy SEAL and recently elected U.S. representative, who lost his right eye to an IED attack in Afghanistan, made a surprise appearance on "Weekend Update" to receive Davidson's apology -- and to roast him. “In what I'm sure was a huge shock for people who know me, I made a poor choice last week,” Davidson said before Crenshaw appeared. “I made a joke about Lieutenant Commander Dan Crenshaw, and on behalf of the show and myself, I apologize.” When Crenshaw appeared, Davidson said: “I mean this from the bottom of my heart. It was a poor choice of words. The man is a war hero and he deserves all of the respect in the world. And if any good came of this, maybe it was that for one day the left and the right finally came together to agree on something: that I'm a d*ck.” Crenshaw responded with "apology accepted," and then his phone started playing an Ariana Grande song. “Oh, do you know her?” Crenshaw joked. After a few more roast jokes, Crenshaw became serious, in honor of Veteran's Day said "there's a lot of lessons to learn here. Not just that the left and the right can still agree on some things, but also this: Americans can forgive one another." Crenshaw also acknowledged Davidson's father, Scott Davidson, a firefighter who was killed in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. “And never forget those we lost on 9/11, heroes like Pete's father,” Crenshaw added. “So I’ll just say, Pete, never forget.”
Posted Wednesday 11/07/18 at 9:55AM EST
Former Navy SEAL Dan Crenshaw jokes about Pete Davidson's SNL controversy after winning his Congressional race
Source: The New York Times
The Republican thanked his supporters, including the man who convinced him to run. "He's upset because the recent Saturday Night Live controversy has resulted in me having more Twitter followers than (him)," joked Crenshaw, who lost his right eye while serving in Afghanistan.
Posted Tuesday 11/06/18 at 4:37PM EST
Kenan Thompson says SNL is "figuring out a way to right that wrong" after Pete Davidson dissed injured war veteran Dan Crenshaw
Source: ABC News
"Pete's a good kid," Thompson said this morning on The View. "He has a big heart. He has tragedy in his life with his father passing on 9/11 being a firefighter. I don't think he goes out to offend people, but unfortunately, that's what happened in this case so they're figuring out a way to right that wrong. It's not our intention to disrespect anyone."