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Pete Davidson expressed his gratitude for the “Saturday Night Live” team and Lorne Michaels, the show’s creator and executive producer, for sticking with him through challenging times.
In recent years, the 27-year-old “SNL” cast member has come forward with his borderline personality disorder diagnosis and sought professional treatment for mental health on several occasions.
“I’ve been in and out of rehabs. I’m pretty much the Dennis Rodman of the cast where I’ve had some wild, embarrassing, very public moments,” Davidson said during an interview with Gold Derby on Monday.
The Staten Island-born comic, who joined the cast seven years ago at 20 years old, said he probably wouldn’t have landed on his feet the same way he did without Michaels by his side.
“My favorite there will always be Lorne just because from day one, he’s always been really understanding of me,” he said.
Despite his hiatuses away from the show or the narrative surrounding him, Davidson said Michaels always made him feel respected.
“That guy never looked at me differently, never treated me differently, was always very understanding, never made me feel like my job was in jeopardy or that he was mad,” Davidson said. “I definitely think he was concerned. There was a lot of concerning moments and a lot of serious conversations that needed to be had, but it was always from a loving place.”
The “King of Staten Island” star added: “I owe that guy my career.”
His fellow cast members also aided him when he was at his lowest, Davidson said, singling out major players like Kenan Thompson, Colin Jost, Kate McKinnon, and Aidy Bryant for giving him “extra love.” Without them, Davidson said he’s unsure he’d have the career he does today.
“I’m just really grateful and appreciative of them and the show ’cause if I was on a f—ing Fox sitcom or any of that s— when a lot of my s— was happening, I don’t know if I’d have a job. They kept me around, and I got to, in my eyes, redeem myself,” he said. “Endless thanks to those guys.”
Davidson first shared his BPD diagnosis on a 2017 episode of “WTF With Marc Maron,” explaining that he checked himself into rehab the year prior after experiencing “mental breakdowns” that resulted in “blind rage.”
He later told the Los Angeles Times that prior to rehab and therapy, he coped by cutting his own chest, and said in an interview with CBS’ “Sunday Morning” that he got “as close as you can get” to committing suicide.
After experiencing the episodes, he took time away from his “SNL” gig to focus on treatment. Since then, the comedian has been fairly open about his recovery, at times working the topic into his bits on Michael Che and Jost’s “Weekend Update” segment of “SNL.”
Earlier this year, the stand-up comic said he’s come to view his diagnosis as a relief.
“I was always just so confused all the time, and just thought something was wrong, and didn’t know how to deal with it. Then, when somebody finally tells you, the weight of the world feels lifted off your shoulders,” Davidson said during an interview with Variety. “You feel so much better.”