“He’s just a f–king smart, funny kid trying to live his life,” the Daily Show alum, 59, said of the King of Staten Island actor, 28, on “The Howard Stern Show” on Tuesday, March 22. “I think he’s doing as best you can in that situation when you’re dealing with something that’s so explosive and loaded with all kinds of other things. I just love that kid.”
Stewart revealed that he knows Davidson “real well” and called him “one of my favorite people.” He further explained that he has a “paternal instinct” when it comes to his fellow comedians.
“I’ve seen too many of my friends get in trouble,” he told Stern, 68. “It’s a f–ked up business.”
Stewart also mentioned the “stereotype about the comedy world as being sort of not supportive.” Though it’s a “cutthroat” environment, he said, “There is a real camaraderie.”
This support from his fellow comedians has been on full display throughout Davidson and West’s feud, which kicked off when the Big Time Adolescence star began dating the Donda artist’s estranged wife, Kim Kardashian, in October 2021.
Claiming that the “Gold Digger” rapper, 44, has become “more and more belligerent” with his social media attacks against the Suicide Squad actor, Noah, 38, shared an impassioned speech defending Davidson and Kardashian, 41, on The Daily Show on March 15. One day later, West was temporarily suspended from Instagram after he called the TV host a racial slur in response. On Sunday, March 20, Us Weekly also confirmed that the Recording Academy cut the Yeezy designer’s performance from the 2022 Grammys due to his recent Instagram posts, including his attack against Noah. (For his part, the South Africa native disagreed with the decision, tweeting the next day, “I said counsel Kanye, not cancel Kanye.”)
Kardashian herself “wants to protect Pete just as much as Pete wants to protect her,” a source told Us of the reality star’s reaction to West’s “Eazy” video, in which the rapper decapitates and burns a claymation likeness of Davidson.
“She found it really disturbing and is fearful of what could come of it,” the insider added.