Pete Davidson, the most comprehensively-dumped man in the world, used a spot on the latest Saturday Night Live to address the breakup with Ariana Grande. Notably, he played it completely bloody straight.
That’s a big deal. The last time we can recall Saturday Night Live allowing one of its stars to play a bit with complete sincerity was when Kate McKinnon suited up as Hillary Clinton and belted out Hallelujah.
(Whether the Davidson and Grande drama is bigger news than the 2016 US presidential election is up to you to decide.)
Sporting blue hair and what appears to be a jumpsuit, Davidson ended his Update showing by expressing his appreciation for his former fiancée.
“The last thing I will say is I know some of you are curious about the breakup, but the truth is, it’s nobody’s business, and sometimes things just don’t work out. And that’s okay,” Davidson said.
“She’s a wonderful, strong person, and I genuinely wish her all the happiness in the world.”
There was one similarity to McKinnon’s Clinton bit: Davidson ended his segment by imploring viewers to vote in the US midterm elections on Tuesday.
The also riffed on Grande’s Sweetener track Pete Davidson, saying “I’m still a great song, though.”
The message came shortly after Grande released the very pointed little track Thank U, Next, in which Grande catalogues her exes, including Davidson.
It also comes a few days after Grande mercilessly roasted Davidson online after an early promo for the show featured a sly dig at their engagement, which forced SNL to scrap its planned Grande-themed content.
Hopefully this issue can end right here. If this tale gets any more dramatic, SNL might crank out another sincere bloody Leonard Cohen cover.