'SNL' Addressed Pete Davidson's Suicide Scare In The Most 'SNL' Way

Davidson was joined by his friend, comedian John Mulaney, for his first real episode since the scare.

Pete Davidson Jokes About His Recent Suicide Scare On SNL Comeback

Pete Davidson has been noticeably absent from the last few episodes of Saturday Night Live. Aside from some minor appearances here and there, the 25-year-old comedian hasn't been a part of the long-running sketch show. That changed last night (Saturday, January 20, 2019) when he made a striking comeback — and alongside distinguished SNL alum John Mulaney, no less.

To say Davidson has had a tumultuous year would be an understatement. He started making major headlines when he dated, became engaged to, and eventually broke up with pop star Ariana Grande in 2018. Even after their whirlwind romance, he was the talk of the town, for better or worse. Buzz about Davidson reached a fever pitch when he posted an alarming post on Instagram last month, in which he opened up about feeling suicidal. It went viral and prompted the police to perform a "wellness check" on the star.

"I really don't want to be on this earth anymore," his message read. "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."

Fast forward to last night, when Davidson appeared in high spirits on "Weekend Update" for the first time in 2019. He began by addressing the elephant in the room, only to jokingly divert it to an unrelated topic.

“As you know, I've had a really crazy month, and I want to talk about something that matters a lot to me,” Davidson told "Weekend Update" host Colin Jost. "Mental health?" Jost replied. "No," Davidson responded. "The new Clint Eastwood movie, The Mule!"

Jost and co-host Michael Che admitted they hadn't seen the film, so Davidson introduced an equally fervent fan: fellow "Mule appreciator," John Mulaney.

Much to the surprise of the hosts, Davidson and Mulaney came off as chummy, as if they had been best friends forever. "I didn’t actually realize that you guys hung out," Jost professed. "We do, but a lot of times it looks like I’m Pete’s lawyer," Mulaney quipped.

That's when Mulaney shared he was spending time with Davidson to get him back on his feet. "For real, I’ve been spending a lot of time with Pete to try to show him that you can have a life in comedy that is not insane. A sober, domestic life," he said.

“Yeah, and after observing John’s life, I publicly threatened suicide," Davidson said while stifling a laugh, circling back to his typical self-deprecating humor. "I’m sorry, I know I shouldn’t make that joke, but it is funny."

"Pete, look me in the eye," Mulaney said, to which Pete responded (albeit rolling his eyes), "You are loved by many, and we are glad you are okay. Now, back to The Mule."

The duo proceeded to fangirl over The Mule for the next few minutes and said it's the weirdest and "most bananas" movie ever.

"I didn’t mention her once," Davidson said at the end of the sketch, alluding to his ex-fiance, Grande. "We did it!"


Jokes aside, the friendship between the two seemed sincere. Davidson and Mulaney may seem an unlikely pairing, but they've clearly cultivated a healthy, loving friendship — one that extends beyond their shared obsession with the Eastwood flick.

As Vanity Fair pointed out, as someone who's dealt with sobriety issues and anxiety, Mulaney is "uniquely qualified" to hold Davidson's hand as he navigates this difficult time in his life. It looks like he's played a big role in Davidson's recovery.

While it might have elicited a few cringes, the fact Davidson was able to make light of his recent suicide scare could be a sign he's got a handle on his problems, and that he's finally taking back control of his life.

Maybe joking about it is his way of acknowledging and dealing with his pain. After all, it's his experience, and he's allowed to handle it however he sees fit. We're just glad there are people like Mulaney to guide him in his healing journey.

We're right here cheering you on, Pete!

Nicole is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles. She’s a disgrace to all the Pisces in the world because she has an emotional range of a teaspoon. Tweet her @nicolecordcruz for TV show recommendations.