Earlier this week, “Saturday Night Live” star Pete Davidson announced on Instagram that he was sober for the first time in eight years. He said that his struggle to get clean “wasn’t easy” but that “it’s nice to be back in action.” Davidson suffers from Crohn’s disease and has said that marijuana helps him function. In an interview with High Times, the actor said that “I wouldn’t be able to perform on ‘SNL’ if I couldn’t smoke weed.”
When Davidson was added to the “Saturday Night Live” cast, he was the youngest member on the iconic show and the first cast member to be born in the ’90s. However, he quickly developed a tendency to be the go-to character whenever the sketch show wanted to write a bit about smoking pot.
On Friday, Davidson appeared on “Opie Radio” and talked about his decision. When Opie asked incredulously, “No more pot?” Davidson replied, “No more pot, no more shrooms, no more drinking and no more cigs.” The studio seemed to fall silent with the realization that 23-year-old Davidson was serious about his sobriety, but he lightened the mood by admitting “it sucks.” The young star explained, “The days are so long. And everything sucks, the movies aren’t as good. I can’t listen to rap.” When asked why he decided to get clean so young in life, Davidson answered, “I just didn’t want it to get worse. It’s only going to get harder to quit stuff, so I just figured I’d do it now.”