Pete Davidson makes brief ‘SNL’ appearance hours after cryptic Instagram post

Pete Davidson made a brief appearance on “Saturday Night Live” hours after his alarming post on Instagram, in which he wrote, "I really don't want to be on this earth anymore." The "SNL" cast member didn’t appear in any live sketches, but instead introduced the night’s musical guests, according to People magazine. “Once again, Mark … Continue reading “Pete Davidson makes brief ‘SNL’ appearance hours after cryptic Instagram post”

Pete Davidson made a brief appearance on “Saturday Night Live” hours after his alarming post on Instagram, in which he wrote, "I really don't want to be on this earth anymore."

The "SNL" cast member didn’t appear in any live sketches, but instead introduced the night’s musical guests, according to People magazine.

“Once again, Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus," Davidson said.

The 25-year-old comedian appeared in a pre-taped sketch about finding a new host for the Academy Awards after comedian Kevin Hart stepped down from the hosting the gig after some of his past social media messages drew backlash. Davidson and other cast members played celebrities auditioning to replace Hart.


Davidson parodied “Mr. Robot’s” Rami Malek, saying he would bring “maybe something fun and super high energy” to the show.

The New York Police Department checked in on Davidson on Saturday after he posted a message on Instagram about mental health.

“I really don’t want to be on this earth anymore,” he wrote in a post now deleted.

“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 has been open about his mental health struggles. He has been the subject of headlines in recent months for his short-lived romance with pop singer Ariana Grande and a controversy over a joke he made on a previous episode of "SNL" about Dan Crenshaw, an injured Navy veteran from Texas who has since been elected to Congress.

In the aftermath of his Instagram post, several celebrities offered their support.

“I’m downstairs and I’m not going anywhere if you need anyone or anything,” Ariana Grande said in a now-deleted message.

Jada Pinkett Smith said she was praying for Davidson to get better.

"Pete Davidson … hang in there. There is a lot of help out here. Surrender to some love some where around you … today! Right now! And then … let in the help that will become available. I’m praying for you Pete. I’ve been there. It gets better," she said in a tweet.

Other celebrities like rappers Nicki Minaj, Kid Cudi, actor Jon Cryer and Meghan McCain also reached out to support Davidson.

Other "SNL" sketches in Saturday's show included a parody of “It’s A Wonderful Life” where Alec Baldwin, playing President Trump, gets a glimpse of a world where he was never elected president.

Kevin Hart steps down from Oscar hosting gig amid criticism over past anti-gay tweets

Comedian Kevin Hart has announced he is stepping down from hosting the 2019 Academy Awards amid criticism over years-old tweets deemed anti-gay.

Hart, 39, posted on Twitter early Friday an apology to the LGBTQ community for his past comments.

“I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscar's….this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past,” Hart tweeted.

In a follow-up tweet, he added that" "I'm sorry that I hurt people.. I am evolving and want to continue to do so. My goal is to bring people together not tear us apart. Much love & appreciation to the Academy. I hope we can meet again."

The announcement came two days after Hart announced on his Instagram account that he’d been selected to host the 91st Academy Awards, which will be broadcast Feb. 24. He was slated to take over the hosting duties from Jimmy Kimmel, who emceed the past two ceremonies.


Shortly after announcing the hosting gig, several now-deleted tweets by Hart using words such as “homo” and “gay,” dating back to 2011, resurfaced.

In a 2010 stand-up special, Hart said "If I can prevent my son from being gay, I will."

GLAAD, a media monitoring group founded by LGBT people in media, said it had contacted the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to discuss Hart’s gig prior to him stepping down.

"We’ve reached out to @ABCNetwork, @TheAcademy and @KevinHart4real’s management to discuss Kevin’s anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and record as well as opportunities for positive LGBTQ inclusion on the Oscars stage," the group tweeted.

Late Thursday, Hart reacted to the backlash in an Instagram video.

"If u want to search my history or past and anger yourselves with what u find that is fine with me, a shirtless Hart said. "I’m almost 40 years old and I’m in love with the man that I am becoming.  "If you want to hold people in a position where they always have to justify or explain their past then…I'm the wrong guy, man."

Some Twitter users, including celebrities, were not amused.

Chad Griffin, president of Human Rights Campaign, which advocates for LGBTQ equality, also chimed in.

In another Instagram video, Hart said the Academy asked him to apologize for the past tweets or "we're going to have to move on to find another host."

"I chose to pass," Hart said. "The reason I passed because I've addressed this several times. I've said where the rights and wrongs were. I've who I am now versus who I was then."

"We feed into the Internet trolls and we reward them, I'm not going to do it, man. I'm going to be me, and stand my ground," he continued.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

SNL writer booted from college event for ‘offensive’ jokes: report

A Saturday Night Live writer and comedian was booted mid-set while performing stand-up comedy at an event hosted by Columbia University’s Asian American Alliance because his jokes were deemed “racist” and “homophobic,” The Columbia Daily Spectator reported.

Nimesh Patel, an Emmy Award nominee and the first Indian-American writer for SNL, has in the past opened for comedian Chris Rock and performed on Late Night with Seth Meyers. But those credentials apparently weren’t enough to win over the mostly-college crowd at last Friday’s “cultureSHOCK: Reclaim.”


During Patel’s set, the 32-year-old comedian joked that being a gay, black man can’t be a choice because, “no one looks in the mirror and thinks, ‘this black thing is too easy, let me just add another thing to it,’” the report said.

Halfway through the set, AAA members reportedly jumped on stage, stole Patel's mic, and asked him to wrap it up. Patel denounced the move, telling the audience he was discussing things “in the real world,” but the coordinators cut his mic before he could finish.

Audience reactions to Patel’s booting were mixed.

Adam Warren, a student cited by The Daily Spectator who was in the audience, said AAA made the right call because Patel’s jokes contradicted with “the message” of the event.

“He definitely wasn’t the most crass comedian I’ve ever heard but for the event it was inappropriate,” Warren said.


Another student, Elle Ferguson, however, said Patel’s jokes didn’t faze her.

“While what some of the things that he said might have been a bit provoking to some of the audience, as someone who watches comedy a lot, none of them were jokes that I hadn’t heard before and none of them were jokes that elicited such a response in my experience,” Ferguson said.

"cultureSHOCK" is annual charity event hosted by AAA. According to its Facebook page, the event aims to provide “a platform for a diversity of Asian American artistic expression, but it also seeks to break through the stereotypes and challenges that our community faces.”

Patel did not respond to the paper's or Fox News' request for comment.

Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.

George H.W. Bush and his ‘SNL’ impersonator Dana Carvey: 3 funny sketches to watch

Comedian Dana Carvey may have poked fun at former George H.W. Bush during his presidency nearly 30 years ago, but that didn’t stop the former "Saturday Night Live" star and the 41st president from having a decades-long friendship.

“Dana has given me a lot of laughs,” Bush said at a December 1992 holiday party that Carvey attended after the 41st president lost the presidency to Bill Clinton, according to The Washington Post. “And the fact that we can laugh at each other is a very fundamental thing."

In fact, there was at least one moment where Bush took a line from Carvey's impression of him.

"Wouldn't be prudent, wouldn't be prudent at this juncture," Carvey, during his impersonation of the president at the holiday party, says. Bush later borrowed the line during a public appearance.


Bush passed away Friday night at the age of 94. In honor of their friendship, check out these three funny and memorable SNL sketches where Carvey portrayed the late president.

Season 15, 1989

In this SNL episode in 1989, Carvey, portraying Bush, talks about the “drug problem” in the White House and Hurricane Hugo, which was “not his fault” Carvey jokes.

Season 17, 1991

In this episode during season 17 in 1991, Carvey, as Bush, talks about the U.S. economy and his newly purchased Presto Salad Shooter, among other topics.

“I’m not afraid to say recession… Recession! Recession! Recession!” he says. “In fact, I’ll say it all day because we’re not in a recession.”

Season 25, 2000

Though Bush's presidency was over at this time, his son, George W. Bush, would be soon elected as the 43rd President of the United States. In this SNL sketch, Carvey, again portraying Bush, helps George W. Bush (Will Ferrell) prepare before he takes on Al Gore in a debate.


"You have to be evasive; when they ask you a question you gotta be slip-slidin' away," he advises.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.