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Pete Davidson Opens SNL With Emotional Message About Israel-Gaza Terror

Saturday Night Live is back after being off for a while because the company couldn't reach a deal with the writers. Usually, there is a lot of excitement at the start of Saturday Night Live. This week, host Pete Davidson opens SNL with emotional message about the news of the week.

Rhyley Carney
Oct 16, 202316150 Shares273736 Views
Saturday Night Live is back after being off for a while because the company couldn't reach a deal with the writers. Usually, there is a lot of excitement at the start of Saturday Night Live. This week, host Pete Davidson opens SNL with emotional messageabout the news of the week. At the start, Davidson said that the people in the room might think he wasn't the right person to talk about the Israeli-Palestinian issue, but he had a unique point of view on this week's terrorist attacks.
The show can return now that the WGA and the AMPTP have reached a deal that works for both sides. This is because the show is a variety show and not subject to SAG-AFTRA rules.

Pete Davidson Opens SNL With Emotional Message

Pete Davidson wearing a white coat
Pete Davidson wearing a white coat
"Saturday Night Live" host Pete Davidson talked about " “the horrible images and stories from Israel and Gaza” in very personal ways at the beginning of the new episode of the long-running sketch show. In his emotional statements, Davidson mostly talked about the kids who have been hurt by the fight.
After his father, Scott Davidson, a firefighter in New York City, died in the 9/11 attacks, Davidson talked about how he dealt with loss and terrorism in his own life. He said:
I know what you’re thinking, who better to comment on it than Pete Davidson?- Pete Davidson
Well in a lot of ways, I'm a good person to talk about it because when I was seven years old my dad was killed in a terrorist attack. So I know something about what that's like.- Pete Davidson
His father, Scott Davidson, was a firefighter in New York City. He died in the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The comic had talked before about how he lost his dad and how he was seeing a trauma therapist to help him with his PTSD and borderline personality disorder.
Davidson talked about how comedy helped him deal with the death of his own father and how he hopes that his job as host of Saturday Night Live can help people forget about the bad things in the world for a while. He made fun of the fact that his mom got the wrong DVD because she thought it was a Disney movie when it was actually the Eddie Murphy special Eddie Murphy: Delirious. She turned it off, but then she saw that he was enjoying it. Davidson clarified:
I was laughing again.- Pete Davidson
The message is important because, even though Davidson hid it in his joke about watching Eddie Murphy: Delirious Too Young or against his mother's wishes, he was still saying that comedy helped him remember that laughing and smiling made him happy. His words:
I don’t understand, I really don’t, I never will, but sometimes comedy is really the only way forward through tragedy.- Pete Davidson
Then he finished his cold open with a phrase that was hopeful, kind, and funny.
My heart is with everyone whose lives have been destroyed this week. But tonight I’m gonna do what I’ve always done in the face of tragedy and that’s try to be funny.- Pete Davidson
He then joked, “Remember, I said try.”
That "Saturday Night Live" grad was supposed to host in May of this year, but the Hollywood writers' strike cut short the 48th season of the show. "Saturday Night Live" came back on October 14 with Ice Spice as a musical guest.

Final Words

More than five months after he was supposed to host his first episode of Saturday Night Live, Pete Davidson triumphantly returned to Studio 8H on Saturday night with an emotional salute that will not be soon forgotten.
When it's necessary, SNL changes the cold open to something more appropriate. This could be because of the news week or another world issue. The show knows that we don't always need to make jokes right away without taking a moment to understand what's going on.
Many people were surprised to see Davidson so sad because he usually makes jokes about the hard things he's been through. The cold open was kept serious and important, thank goodness.
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