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Pete Davidson Skips ‘Saturday Night Live’ Season Premiere to Film ‘Suicide Squad’ Sequel

Pete Davidson Skips 'Saturday Night Live' Season Premiere to Film 'Suicide Squad'
Pete Davidson sports a Blue's Clues t-shirt and flashes the peace sign while out for lunch in Manhattan's Soho area on August 14, 2019.LRNYC / MEGA

Booked and busy. Pete Davidson was a no-show on the season 45 premiere of Saturday Night Live on Saturday, September 28, but the entertainer had another commitment — a film role.

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The 25-year-old comedian was in Atlanta filming for the upcoming Suicide Squad sequel. Director James Gunn posted a photo on Saturday of some of the cast — including Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney and Nathan Fillion —after a private screening of Joker.

It’s unconfirmed what Davidson’s role will be in the film, which is expected to hit theaters Aug. 6, 2021.

The last time the actor had a notable absence from the NBC sketch series was on December 15, 2018, hours after he posted a concerning Instagram message that he later deleted.

“I really don’t want to be on this earth anymore. I’m doing my best to stay here for you but I actually don’t know how much longer I can last. All I’ve ever tried to do was help people. Just remember I told you so,” Davidson wrote in the message that went viral.

Related: Pete Davidson’s Mental Health Struggle in His Own Words

The Wild ‘n Out alum did appear on SNL later that night but only in a prerecorded sketch and in a brief live appearance to introduce musical guests Miley Cyrus, Mark Ronson and Sean Ono Lennon.

Us Weekly confirmed that the New York City Police Department conducted a wellness check on Davidson following his Instagram post. His ex-fiancée, Ariana Grande, also tweeted at the time that she was “downstairs” at the Saturday Night Live studios in New York City to offer her support.

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“I’m not going anywhere if you need anyone or anything,” the “Thank U, Next” singer wrote in the since-deleted tweet. “I know u have everyone u need and that’s not me, but I’m here too.”

He and Grande split in October 2018 after a four-month-long engagement. He followed that romance with a four-month relationship with actress Kate Beckinsale that ended in April.

Davidson has since moved on with girlfriend Margaret Qualley, Us exclusively revealed in August. He and the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star, 24, were spotted together in Venice, Italy for the premiere of Qualley’s film Seberg, which debuted at the Venice Film Festival.


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