2018 was a rough year for a lot of people, but the year proved to be particularly hard on Pete Davidson, following a whirlwind romance and involvement with Ariana Grande and some very public struggles with mental health. His return to the Weekend Update desk in 2019 enabled Davidson to address his own well-being, but additionally allowed Davidson an excuse to invite John Mulaney into SNL to talk about The Mule, a film starring, and directed by, Clint Eastwood.
At December of 2019, Davidson posted a message on Instagram saying”I really don’t want to be on this Earth anymore. I am doing my best to remain here for you but I really don’t know how much longer I can last. All I have ever tried to do was help people. Just remember I told you so.” Indiewire reports that soon after the post, several different celebrities publicly expressed concern, along with the NYPD soon performed a health check and verified that Davidson was 30 Rockefeller Plaza rehearsing for SNL. Pete Davidson’s only appearance on the last SNL of 2019 revealed him introducing a musical act, which makes his return to the Weekend Update desk — a place where he’s frequently spoken about his life — an opportunity to address the world on how he’s been. Rather, he brought out Mulaney to make fun of a film where Clint Eastwood directs himself using multiple threesomes.