San Antonio Express-News
Comedian Pete Davidson brought up the old Dan Crenshaw joke controversy while saying a subtle goodbye to Saturday Night Live over the weekend. Davidson appeared on the show’s Weekend Update segment for the last time on Saturday, May 21.
“I never imagined this would be my life,” Davidson said. “Back then, I was just a skinny kid that no one knew which race I was. And now everyone knows I’m white because I became hugely successful while barely showing up to work. Look at me now, I’m aging like an old banana.”
While recalling memories, Davidson remembered how Fox News called him a monster for making fun of Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw for wearing an eye patch during a segment on Weekend Update on November 3, 2018. Davidson compared Crenshaw to “a hitman in a porno movie,” adding: “I’m sorry. I know he lost his eye in war or whatever.”
Crenshaw is a former Navy SEAL who lost his eye in an IED explosion while serving his third tour in Afghanistan. After Davidson received backlash, he apologized to Crenshaw on SNL a week later. He said, “I mean this from the bottom of my heart. It was a poor choice of words. The man is a war hero, and he deserves all the respect in the world.”
However, in his latest skit, Davidson called out Fox News for ridiculing him on his joke, while Fox News personality Tucker Carlson recently called Crenshaw “eyepatch McCain” during a segment on May 16. Carlson made the remark while speaking with former U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard about Crenshaw’s support of U.S. military aid to Ukraine.
” Tucker Carlson called him eyepatch McCain,” Davidson said during his SNL speech. “That’s two veterans in one insult.”
Davidson continued, “In fairness, to what I originally said because clearly it still bothers me, I was simply making a joke about someone’s appearance without realizing the medical condition behind it was a sensitive issue, which is an SNL alumni tradition.”
When he mentioned the tradition, the show showed a picture of the Will Smith and Chris Rock slap.
Davidson also thanked SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels for his advice and patience and told viewers how much he appreciated having SNL as a home base.
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