‘SNL’ Star Pete Davidson Explains Why He’s Been Mostly Absent From Show: ‘I Quit Drugs’

Comedian and cast member tells Instagram audience he’s “happy and sober for the first time in 8 years”

Last Updated: March 7, 2017 @ 12:17 PM

“SNL” star Pete Davidson explained his relative absence from the NBC sketch comedy series in a deeply personal Instagram post Monday night.

The 23-year-old stand-up comic wrote that he “quit drugs” and is “happy and sober for the first time in 8 years.”

Davidson deleted all of his previous posts from the social media site. Currently, his page just houses this one, a second post with his girlfriend, and a third from a “Saturday Night Live” sketch.

Here’s Davidson’s full caption about his recent life changes: “Just wanted to let you guys know I’m okay. I know I’ve kinda been missing, on social media and on the show. I quit drugs and am happy and sober for the first time in 8 years. It wasn’t easy, but I got a great girl, great friends and I consider myself a lucky man. I’ll always be here for you guys, I promise. Remember to never give up hope because sometimes that’s all we got. We are a family and I appreciate all your love and support. It’s nice to be back in action ❤️”

At the time of this publication, Davidson’s photo had 42,500 likes and almost 1,600 comments.

Davidson joined “Saturday Night Live” in 2014 at age 20, becoming one of the comedy institution’s youngest ever cast members. He’s spoken before about his battles with drug use and mental illness before, opening up to “The Breakfast Club” about how the music of rapper Kid Cudi saved his life.

“I would’ve killed myself if I didn’t have Kid Cudi,” he said at the time. “I would’ve killed myself. Absolutely 100 percent. I truly believe if ‘Man on the Moon’ didn’t come out, I wouldn’t be here.”

Davidson lost his father, Brooklyn Heights firefighter Scott Davidson, in the Sept. 11 terror attacks. The comedian was 7-years-old at the time.

Check out Davidson’s full Instagram post below.

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