'SNL': Pete Davidson appears to joke about Instagram post that prompted wellness check


The first “Saturday Night Live” episode of 2019 brought back Alec Baldwin as President Donald Trump and took aim at the government shutdown, millennials vs. baby boomers, and the new Gillette ad.

Pete Davidson made his official return to “Saturday Night Live,” seemingly able to joke about some of the darker aspects of his life recently. 

Teamed with comedian John Mulaney on Weekend Update to make fun of the Clint Eastwood movie “The Mule,” Davidson appeared to bring up his Instagram post from December that prompted a police wellness check in New York. 

It came up because Mulaney was talking about how he tries to show Davidson a new way of life.

“You can have a life in comedy that is not insane. A sober, domestic life,” Mulaney said.  

“Yeah, and after observing John’s life, I publicly threatened suicide. I’m sorry, I know I shouldn’t make that joke. It is funny!” Davidson responded, laughing. 

“You are loved by many and we are glad you are OK,” Mulaney replied. “Now back to ‘The Mule.’ “

USA TODAY has reached out the Davidson’s representative for comment.

In December, Davidson posted an upsetting personal message to Instagram that prompted concern from fans and celebrities. 

“i really don’t want to be on this earth anymore,” Davidson’s since-deleted post 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.”

Davidson’s concerning Instagram statement came after a previous post where he praised Kanye West for speaking out about his own mental health.

“Bravo Kanye West for standing up for yourself and speaking out against mental health,” Davidson wrote in another deleted post. “I can’t explain to you enough how difficult and scary it is to be honest about stuff like this. We need people like Kanye.”

Davidson has been open about his mental health in the past. In September, the comedian spoke about his borderline personality disorder in an interview with Howard Stern, describing it as “everything feeling so extreme.”

Contributing: Sara Moniuszko

If you or someone you know may be struggling with suicidal thoughts, you can call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) any time of day or night or chat online.

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