Pete Davidson says his future on 'SNL' is 'up in the air' after season 46

Pete Davidson says his future on 'SNL' is 'up in the air' after season 46
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pete davidson (left) and colin jost (right) during "SNL" weekend updates segment
Pete Davidson and Colin Jost on the season 46 finale of "Saturday Night Live." NBC/Getty Images
  • Pete Davidson said he has "no idea" whether he will return as an "SNL" cast member next season.

  • The comedian said his seven-year contract with the NBC sketch series is up this year.

  • "Right now, it's all up in the air," he said during an interview with Gold Derby on Monday.

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Pete Davidson said on Monday that he still doesn't know if he will return to NBC's "Saturday Night Live" next season.

The 27-year-old fueled rumors that season 46 was his last while delivering a monologue on the finale's "Weekend Update" segment, telling the audience he felt honored to "grow up" on the show.

During an interview with Gold Derby on Monday, Davidson directly addressed the speculation surrounding his potential departure from the sketch-comedy series.

"Speaking for myself, I don't know what the plan is. Everything's kind of up in the air right now just depending on scheduling," he said.

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Pete Davidson regularly appears on the "Weekend Update" segment of "SNL." NBC / Getty Images

The stand-up comic, who joined the "SNL" cast at just 20 years old, pointed out that season 46 was his seventh year on the show, which he explained is "usually" the span of cast members' contracts.

He previously hinted at leaving ahead of his eighth year during a May roundtable with The Hollywood Reporter.

"I'm surprised I made it to seven," Davidson said. "I'm ready to hang up the jersey."

Still, Davidson has not given a definite answer about whether "SNL" fans can expect to see him back on the Studio 8H stage.

"Right now, it's all up in the air. I gotta talk to Lorne [Michaels] and see what the best move is," he told Gold Derby, later adding, "I have no idea what's going on right now."

The "King of Staten Island" star acknowledged that there was a "big cast" during season 46 with "a lot of great new talent."

"It's their time to shine," he said.

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Mikey Day and Pete Davidson on "SNL." Will Heath/NBC

Davidson said the season 46 finale, hosted by actress Anya Taylor-Joy with musical guest Lil Nas X, was "really emotional" for him, regardless of whether or not he returns.

He said the episode marked the end of a year on the show unlike any he'd experienced before, primarily due to the coronavirus pandemic and the 2020 presidential election. It was also the first time since the beginning of the pandemic that a full studio audience was in attendance.

"It made me very emotional to be able to perform in front of a full crowd again. Again, another thing I took for granted," Davidson said, explaining that the experience reminded him why he wanted to be a comic and appear on "SNL" in the first place.

The "Suicide Squad" actor also admitted he felt sentimental about closing out his "favorite season so far" alongside his fellow cast members.

"I worked with these guys for a fourth of my life. I started there with acne and left with tattoos. It's just a very crazy, long period of time," Davidson said. "I wasn't ready for the season to end yet because I was really having so much fun."

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