Pete Davidson has come a long way since his last appearance on Saturday Night Live. In his first return to the show before the holiday hiatus, the 25-year-old comedian let fans know he’s okay—in his own, unique way. During a Weekend Update segment on the NBC sketch late-night comedy series, Davidson addressed his disturbing public suicide threat last month.
“As you know, I’ve had a really crazy month and I want to talk about something that matters a lot to me,” Davidson said at the beginning of the segment.
When fellow Saturday Night Live co-star Colin Jost gently asked his co-star if he was talking about “mental health,” Davidson said no. Instead, the comic said he wanted to talk about Clint Eastwood’s newly released movie, The Mule. Pete Davidson then invited his friend, former SNL writer John Mulaney, to join him in discussing Eastwood’s latest film.
After Mulaney revealed she has been “spending time with Pete to try to show him that you can have a life in comedy that is not insane, a sober, domestic life,” Davidson chimed in with a shocking retort.
“Yeah, and after observing John’s life, I publicly threatened suicide. I’m sorry. I shouldn’t make that joke, but it is funny.”
Mulaney told Davidson he’s “loved by many,” adding, “we are glad you are OK,” then the two went back to talking about The Mule. The real-life pals described the film as “the greatest, weirdest, most bananas movie ever made about a 90-year-old drug mule.”
At the end of the five-minute SNL segment, the two comics teased an upcoming movie, The Mule-aney, before Davidson also appeared to reference his former fiancée, Ariana Grande, as he gleefully exclaimed, “I didn’t mention her once!”
Fans last saw Pete Davidson on Saturday Night Live in mid-December, just before the show’s month-long holiday break, when he skipped all of his previously rehearsed sketches and simply introduced Miley Cyrus as the musical guest. The brief appearance came hours after Davidson threatened suicide on Instagram.
According to Cosmopolitan, Pete Davidson’s troubling, since-deleted message read: “I really don’t want to be on this earth anymore. 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.”
After news of Davidson’s troubling Instagram post began to make the rounds on social media, the New York police and the SNL star’s ex-fiancée Ariana Grande reportedly showed up at Studio 8H to check on him before the live show went on the air on NBC. Fans were relieved to see the comic’s brief cameo on the show a few hours later.
One month later, fans were even happier to see Pete Davidson cracking jokes as he made his return on Saturday Night Live.
You can see Pete Davidson’s return appearance on Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update below.
Saturday Night Live airs Saturdays at 11:30 p.m. on NBC.