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During host Adam Driver’s monologue on Saturday’s season premiere of Saturday Night Live, castmember Pete Davidson alluded to the media frenzy that was his engagement to artist Ariana Grande this summer. The show then took this meta-narrative to the next level in a skit that pitted Davidson against castmember Kyle Mooney, who felt he was being overshadowed by his friend’s sudden fame.
Early in the skit, Lorne Michaels entered SNL‘s 30 Rock offices, hugging Davidson warmly before blowing off Mooney. As a result, Mooney cut his hair and dyed it blonde in an attempt to mimic Davidson. He even started talking like Davidson, peppering his dialogue with slang like “lit” and “swag” and wearing hypebeast-style clothing.
“Now all I need is a hot celebrity girlfriend, and that’s fine by me,” Mooney said. Wendy Williams then showed up as his new girlfriend. “We adopted a pig!” he announced, referencing the fact that Davidson and Grande recently got a pet pig.
In the end, Davidson stabbed Mooney in a duel, but the two made up.
Later, Davidson was a guest on the “Weekend Update” desk, where he played himself. “I get it. She’s an international pop star, and I’m that guy from SNL that everyone thinks is in desperate need of more blood,” he said.
When asked about all the attention he’s been getting since his engagement, Davidson said, “I hate it, it’s awful.” He then said that he had been getting death threats. Davidson also poked fun at himself by saying that he wanted a prenup: “God forbid we split up and she takes half my sneakers,” he joked.
He added that he doesn’t mind not being the breadwinner in the relationship. He said that he lives in her apartment, but makes sure to keep the fridge stocked.
And in a joke that made audience members gasp and was controversial on Twitter, he said, “Last night I switched her birth control with Tic-Tacs” to “make sure” Grande didn’t go anywhere.
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