‘SNL’ cancels shows, Pete Davidson episode scrapped
Pete Davidson delivers pizza to striking Writer’s Guild members
Saturday Night Live was canceled due to the writers’ strike, but that didn’t stop Pete Davidson from supporting the protesters by bringing them pizza.
Anastasiia Riddle, USA TODAY
It looks like 30 Rock won’t be live on the weekends for a while.
Amid the Hollywood writers’ strike, “Saturday Night Live” ceased production and canceled the remainder of the season. The hiatus means this week’s episode featuring former cast member Pete Davidson as host and rapper Lil Uzi Vert as musical guest won’t happen, according to a press release from NBC. The sketch comedy series had three episodes left in May. Instead, repeat episodes will air until further notice.
The Writers Guild of America, the union representing most writers for film and TV in the U.S., went on strike this week, bringing production in Hollywood to a screeching halt. The strike came after weeks of negotiations failed to generate a contract between the guild and Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), which bargains on behalf of the nine largest studios.
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The strike comes 15 years after the guild walked out for 100 days in 2007 and 2008. Since then, the entertainment industry has been upended by the rise of streaming services like Netflix.
Aside from “SNL,” Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and others depend on writers and produce shows the day they air. The strike immediately forces a shutdown, a fact which “Late Night” host Seth Meyers addressed on the air last week. Some daytime talk shows, including “The Kelly Clarkson Show,” have also shut down.
Davidson, 29, started on “SNL” in 2014 as one of its youngest cast members. His departure from the series was announced in May 2022. Ahead of the “SNL” Season 47 finale, Davidson wrote a touching and lengthy goodbye through “SNL” writer Dave Sirus’ Instagram.
“It’s crazy to think that today I’ll be doing my last (sketch). When I got the show I was 20 years old and I had no idea what I was doing. I still don’t but especially back then,” Davidson wrote. “I got to share so much with this audience and literally grow up in front of your eyes. … I owe (executive producer) Lorne Michaels and everyone at SNL my life. I’m so grateful and I wouldn’t be here without them.”
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