Pete Davidson’s ‘SNL’ Hosting Debut Cancelled


| LAST UPDATE 05/03/2023

By Malikah Mcintosh
Pete Davidson Stand Up
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After all, Pete Davidson won’t be making his return to Saturday Night Live as a host. The former cast member was meant to host this weekend, Saturday, May 6, with musical guest Lil Uzi Vert. Here’s all the information on what is going down on the acclaimed television series.

The much-anticipated episode marked Davidson’s return to the show after he ended his time as a cast member last year. He was a cast member for eight seasons. However, his debut as a host will have to wait for now. NBC announced that the episode would be canceled due to the writers’ strike that is happening across the country. SNL is not the only show affected by the dispute between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. Other late shows, including The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, This Week Tonight with John Oliver, and Late Night with Seth Meyers, are all currently on break. In addition to late-night being affected, some of everybody’s favorite television shows, like Abbott Elementary and Yellowjackets, are on break.

Colin Jost Pete Davidson
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NBC announced they will air “repeats until further notice starting Saturday, May 6.” Davidson was an integral part of the sketch comedy show for his duration on it. From the sketches like Rap Roundtable and Jasmine and Aladdin to his appearances on Weekend Update as simply himself, the audience was guaranteed laughs whenever Davidson was on screen. Upon Davidson’s exit from the show, he wrote through his friend’s Instagram page, “I owe Lorne Michaels and everyone at SNL my life. I’m so grateful and I wouldn’t be here without them.” While it is certainly a shame that we won’t be able to watch his hosting debut just yet, there’s plenty more of Davidson to come.

His new show Bupkis premieres on May 4 on Peacock. The semi-autobiographical show stars Davidson as a heightened version of himself. We can't wait to watch this while we wait for his return to SNL.

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