After Pete Davidson posted a disturbing message on Instagram, friends, coworkers, and ex-fiancée Ariana Grande rushed to his side. The comedian deleted his Instagram shortly after the post, but other members of his circle have been using social media to keep fans updated on his health. For instance, friend Machine Gun Kelly tweeted that he was "in the plane now on the way to see Pete. gonna make sure he’s good, i promise. can’t have my boy in the darkness like that." (The two did meet up later that night.)
Davidson was pulled from the live sketches on Saturday Night Live, appearing only to introduce Miley Cyrus. In the days since the show, creator Lorne Michaels, as well as Davidson's cast members, have reportedly rallied around him and taken steps to help him recover.
"Lorne has pledged to help all he can, including sending Pete to get help," a source told Page Six. "Everyone on the cast is hugely protective of him and were obviously upset — particularly Colin Jost and Michael Che on ‘Weekend Update.’” NBC had no comment.
Cast member Cecily Strong also appeared to reference Davidson on her Instagram. In a post about the most recent episode, Strong wrote "I saw our little bro and we were all able to let him know how much we truly love him." It's unclear if this was specifically about Pete Davidson (NBC did not have a comment), but it would suggest that all the cast members were able to speak to Davidson and send their love during the night.
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Ugh where do I even start?!? What a weekend! Brian Tucker texted me Monday night about Barbra’s Jingle Bells. And oh my god- to have a straight male writer hear a Streisand song and want to write a sketch for you HOLY SHIT (PS Brian Tucker and I also wrote the Serial sketch together a while back after he convinced me I had a good enough Sarah Koenig. So I guess he’s sort of become my Santa Clause) And it made us both laugh so much we wrote a cabaret act together, which was almost upsetting in how easily the banter came to me. And then to have Matt Damon fully throw himself at this when he wasn’t sure at first how it could be more than just me singing a song and was actually a two person act and that was really important to us. And then hair gives me THAT wig, wardrobe says “what about this cap?”, and Sarah who does my makeup said “I brought these nails because Barbra has the most beautiful hands and she uses them a lot. And maybe one has glitter because it’s a holiday show”. Then Leon and Eli and the band helped with a perfect more piano heavy version of the track. I’m beyond grateful. Tucker and I shared a big hug after the show because this really meant a lot which I realize is so ridiculous to say about sketch comedy but I am the woman in the glitter beret after all. The whole show was a blast- Leslie was sooo good in the Weezer sketch and i loved watching her shine. Same with Heidi. Mikey And Streeter let me be in their hilarious and sweet video. I saw our little bro and we were all able to let him know how much we truly love him. And Rashida, Joel, Gaetan, And Marketta were all there that night. And Sunday we got to see @hohmusical and laugh and dance and cheer for such crazy good performances (also it’s the most fun queer celebration on Broadway and why did we all not know this?!?) Then a family dinner with some of my favorites- it’s become a tradition in our little New York chosen fambly- skinny spicy margaritas for Christmas! Anyway, I’m pooped. I could sleep for a week. I’m keeping all of these feelings in my back pocket for down days. #itWasInJackass3D
According to Page Six, Davidson is still expected to return to SNL in the New Year.
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