Pete Davidson hits Will Smith, Tucker and Ariana Grande in final SNL show – even mentions Kanye

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Outgoing comedian Pete Davidson used his final appearance on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend to take shots at Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Hollywood actor Will Smith and his former girlfriend, singer Ariana Grande.

Up first was his shot at Carlson. It came as he described how the world has changed since he joined “SNL”  back in 2014.

“A lot has changed. In three years, Fox News went from calling me a monster for making fun of Congressman Dan Crenshaw’s eyepatch to also making fun of Dan Crenshaw’s eyepatch. Tucker Carlson called him ‘eyepatch McCain.’ That’s two veterans in one insult. Geez Colin, your dad’s a d–k,” he said to fellow comedian Colin Jost.

The joke apparently was that Carlson is Jost’s father.

“Actually Pete, I’m not related to Tucker Carlson,” Jost replied.

“Well, I learn learn something new every day,” Davidson dead-panned.

The “eyepatch McCain” remark was made on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” last week as Carlson was speaking about Crenshaw’s insistence that anyone who opposes America wasting its resources helping Ukraine in its war with Russia is pushing “pro-Russia” talking points.

“Why is Congress so focused on Ukraine but you can’t find baby formula? According to Congressman Dan Crenshaw of Texas, asking questions like that or really any questions at all, thinking you are a citizen, makes you ‘pro-Russia,’” Carlson said during the episode’s monologue.

During a discussion slightly later with former Democrat Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, he dropped the “eyepatch McCain” remark.

“The more I think about it, it takes a lot of gall for eyepatch McCain to attack moms who’re worried about baby formula as ‘pro-Russia.’ I mean, that’s probably one of the most outrageous things I’ve ever heard. Why not just answer the question? Why the attacks?” he said.

Crenshaw responded a day later by accusing Carlson of hurling “juvenile insults.”

Dovetailing off of his joke about Carlson, Davidson then took a shot at Smith.

“But in fairness though to what I originally said, because clearly it still bothers me, what I was saying, I was simply making a joke about someone’s experience without realizing  that the medical condition behind it was a sensitive issue, which is an ‘SNL’ alumni tradition,” he said.

A photo of Smith slapping “SNL” alumni Chris Rock at this year’s Oscars then popped up on the screen.

The Grande joke came last as Davidson recounted some of the advice that “SNL” creator and longtime producer Lorne Michaels has given him over the years.

“He always gives the best advice. Really, this is all true advice that Lorne’s given me. I’ll never forget this. I called him when I got engaged. I said, ‘Lorne, I just got engaged to Ariana Grande after dating for two weeks.’ He goes, ‘Oh, hold on for dear life.’ It’s a true thing he said,” Davidson recalled.

The rest of the sketch was more on the sentimental side. So was a “farewell” Instagram post that Davidson published.


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Uploaded a couple hours before his final “SNL” performance, the post featured a video that was recorded after Davidson’s first performance eight years ago.

“In the video I had just gotten back from doing my very first update and sketch. It’s crazy to think that today I’ll be doing my last one. When I got the show I was 20 years old and I had no idea what I was doing. I still don’t but especially back then,” the post reads.

“I wasn’t really a sketch performer I was just a stand up. I knew I could never keep up or go toe to toe with a Kenan Thompson or a Kate McKinnon so I was super scared at figuring out what I could possibly bring to or do for such a historic, respected show and platform.”

Incidentally, Saturday’s show also marked McKinnon’s final performance.

“I figured since I’m a stand up I’ll just try my stand up and personal bits on Weekend Update as myself and I’m so glad I did. I got to share so much with this audience and literally grow up in front of your eyes. We were together through the good and the bad, the happiest and the darkest of times. I owe Lorne Michaels and everyone at SNL my life. Im so grateful and I wouldn’t be here without them,” Davidson’s sentimental Instagram post continues.

“I appreciate you guys always having my back and sticking up for me even when that wasn’t the popular opinion. Thank you for always believing in me and sticking by my side even when it seemed comical. Thank you for teaching me life values, how to grow up and for giving me memories that will last a lifetime. SNL is my home. I’m so happy and sad about tonight’s show. For so many reasons I can’t explain. Can’t wait to be back next year in a Mulaney musical number.”


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