“Saturday Night Live” boss Lorne Michaels sent one of the show’s stars to “get help,” cutting his sketches from Saturday’s show at the last minute, The New York Post’s Page Six reports.
The move followed what’s described as a “desperate Instagram post” earlier Saturday by “SNL” regular Pete Davidson.
The Post quotes a source saying: “The decision was taken to give Pete a break on Saturday night — his sketches were dropped before the early evening rehearsals.
“Lorne has pledged to help all he can, including sending Pete to get help. Everyone on the cast is hugely protective of him and were obviously upset — particularly Colin Jost and Michael Che on ‘Weekend Update.’”
The report quotes Davidson’s post saying: “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.”
“This prompted NYPD cops to conduct a wellness check at the 30 Rock studios, while Ariana Grande — Davidson’s ex — turned up to see him, but the comic refused to see her, according to TMZ,” The Post reports.
The report adds: “It’s believed that Davidson will return to the show in the New Year when it’s back on air — and there have been no conversations about him taking time off, sources tell us.”
Davidson did make a brief appearance on Saturday’s show, introducing Miley Cyrus, Mark Ronson and Sean Lennon for a performance of John Lennon’s “Happy Christmas (War is Over).” He also appeared in a pre-taped sketch.