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Pete Davidson Leaving SNL? Anyone Care?

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Saturday Night Live, once a cultural phenomenon that in recent years has turned into a leftist freak show compromised of unfunny, often mean political skits, could be losing its most “famous” cast member.

Despite his high-profile romances with Ariana Grande and at least one of the vapid Kardashian girls, Pete Davidson, arguably the ugliest man on television, is rumored to be leaving the long-running, formerly funny late-night show after the season finale.

According to comicbook.com:

Pete Davidson may be nearing the end of his run on Saturday Night Live.  Variety reports Davidson is “expected to leave Saturday Night Live after the broadcast of this weekend’s season finale,” a source close to the situation said. Recently, there has been much speculation on several long-running SNL cast members, including Davidson, Kenan Thompson, Cecily Strong, Aidy Bryant, and Kate McKinnon. Saturday Night Live helped propel Pete Davidson into superstardom after he joined the NBC series in 2014 at the young age of 20. NBC declined to comment on Davidson’s status on SNL.

Now let’s be clear, I represent a certain segment of the population, age-wise and politically, that remembers when SNL was funny.

Once upon a time, Saturday Night Live was a cultural “must watch.” The skits were, more often than not, creative, funny, and often reflective of the time we were living in.

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Unfortunately, sometime around 2016, Trump Derangement Syndrome afflicted the writers and actors performing and working on the long-running show.

The unintended consequences of that have been devastating to the cultural relevance of the program.

Ask anyone over the age of 35 about SNL, and they will talk about the legends. Sandler, Murphy, Carvey, Myers, Miller, Ferrell, Poehler, the list goes on and on.



Ask anyone over 45, and they talk about Belushi, Akroyd, Chase, Morris, Curtain, Radner, and the rest of the icons from the first few years of the show.

However, ask people now about SNL, and you generally get a shoulder shrug. Despite what the demographics and ad prices say, fewer people care about the program than ever before. It simply isn’t culturally relevant anymore.

Since 2016 and the election of Donald Trump, the show has resorted to poorly written political skits, bad impressions of conservatives, and a tunnel vision version of comedy that assumes all anyone wants is political humor designed to insult roughly 50 percent of the country.

Comicbook continues:

Pete Davidson worked his way up the Saturday Night Live ladder from only appearing on “Weekend Update” to doing impressions of celebrities like actor Rami Malek and New York governor Andrew Cuomo. One of Davidson’s most notable characters is the apathetic Chad, who has the innate ability to remain oblivious no matter what’s happening around him, whether it be life-threatening or the mundane.

The love life of the SNL actor has been a focus of the tabloids during his time on the series. Davidson was once engaged to musician Ariana Grande before they eventually broke up and has been in the news for his relationship with Kim Kardashian after she hosted the show. 

Cool. Once again, I can’t imagine why anyone really cares about Pete Davidson. Possibly why it’s being covered by comicbook.com instead of NBC.

Perhaps I’m just the old guy on his lawn, shaking his fist. Perhaps I’m just bitter because the show spent four years portraying conservatives as uneducated rubes, being duped by Donald Trump. More likely, I would just like to laugh again if I’m staying up that late on a Saturday night. Mr. Robinsons Neighborhood would be really funny about now.