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Pete Davidson's return to Saturday Night Live gets cancelled

Pete Davidson's return to Saturday Night Live gets cancelled

The comedian's return to the prime-time show has been scrapped following the writers' strike

Pete Davidson's return to Saturday Night Live has just been cancelled.

The comedian won't be hosting this weekend's late-night slot as the NBC prime-time show will be completely off the air following the Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike.

Set to air this Saturday (6 May), the network will instead air reruns of SNL to fill the slot for the time being.

Pete Davidson's return to Saturday Night Live has just been cancelled.
NBCU

Season 48 of the award-winning show was set to hit our screens this weekend with former cast member, Davidson, debuting as host alongside rapper Lil Uzi Vert as the musical guest.

However, fans may have to wait a little longer to see their favourite stars take to the stage as the comedy show joins a number of other late-night programs that will shut down following the nationwide strike.

From Tuesday night (2 May) thousands of screenwriters have staged a mass walk-out after major network studios and the WGA failed to come to an agreement over pay.

The historic strike is the first of its kind in 15 years, with an array of popular programs affected by the industrial action.

Such include The Late Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Tonight Show among others.

SNL was one of the last shows to make the decision about going dark this week but NBC has since confirmed the news in a statement: "SNL will air repeats until further notice starting Saturday, May 6."

"SNL will air repeats until further notice starting Saturday, May 6."
NBC

Before the decision had been made, however, the Bupkis star addressed the issue on The Tonight Show and joked that he was taking it ‘personally’.

He joked: "It sucks because it just feeds my weird story I have in my head, like, of course that would happen to me."

Despite the disruption, several hosts from the affected late-night programs have come out in support of their writers on strike, including Late Night’s Seth Meyers.

He told Deadline: "I love writing. I love writing for TV. I love writing this show. I love that we get to come in with an idea for what we want to do every day and we get to work on it all afternoon and then I have the pleasure of coming out here.

"No one is entitled to a job in show business. But for those people who have a job, they are entitled to fair compensation."

The host added: "They are entitled to make a living. I think it’s a very reasonable demand that’s being set out by the guild. And I support those demands."

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Topics: US News, Film and TV, Saturday Night Live, Pete Davidson, Celebrity