Pete Davidson Is 'Happy and Healthy' at the Emmys After Taking Time Off SNL to Get Sober
The comedian talked to PEOPLE about his sobriety as he celebrates Saturday Night Live's big win
Pete Davidson is thrilled to be at the Emmys this year supporting Saturday Night Live.
The comedian told PEOPLE at the show that he is “happy and healthy” in his sobriety, and “could not be more proud” of his SNL costars Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Vanessa Bayer — all nominated for supporting actress in a comedy. (An emotional McKinnon took home the trophy for the second year in a row.)
The long-running variety show also won for outstanding variety series at the ceremony, and Davidson joked to PEOPLE that he “can’t wait to go home after this!” to celebrate the win.
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The SNL star opened up about his sobriety in a heartfelt Instagram post back in March, explaining that although eliminating drugs from his life was a difficult hurdle to conquer, he is now “happy” and hopeful for the future.
“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,” Davidson wrote.
He later made a triumphant return to the show, appearing on Weekend Update as the “resident young person,” where he ribbed Paul Ryan’s plan to replace Obamacare.
“All the Republicans wanted Paul Ryan to come up with something to replace Obamacare, and now that he did, everybody hates it,” the comic said at the time. “I know what this is like because for years, people have been asking me to quit drugs and get sober. And now that I have, everyone thinks I’m unfunny and boring.”
Davidson on Weekend Update
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Last September, Davidson revealed his own very personal reason for using marijuana. “I got Crohn’s disease when I was 17 or 18,” he said in an interview with High Times. “And I found that the medicines that the doctors were prescribing me and seeing all these doctors and trying new things … weed would be the only thing that would help me eat.”
“I work really f—ing hard and I take care of my s— and I need weed in order to do that,” he explained in the video. “I’m sick, I have Crohn’s … so it sucks.”
Davidson’s firefighter father also died on Sept. 11, 2001.
The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Stephen Colbert, are airing live on CBS from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.