Pete Davidson apologizes to wounded vet he mocked on 'Saturday Night Live'

Danny Woods
November 11, 2018

"I made a joke about Lieutenant Commander Dan Crenshaw, and on behalf of the show and myself, I apologise", he said. It's not exactly rare for Pete Davidson to break during a sketch, but it's vanishingly rare for an incoming congressman to get more than a polite laugh from anyone, so that's a win.

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Davidson then apologized to Crenshaw, who graciously accepted.

After the two shook hands, Crenshaw, referencing the upcoming Veteran's Day, turned serious, making an appeal for civility. "Let's just... demand that comedy actually be amusing, but let's be good people".

Davidson then said he thinks his joke might have done some good since it united Democrats and Republicans to agree on something, "That I'm a dick".

"Pete looks like Martin Short [famed U.S. comedian of the 1970s-1980s] in his Santa Clause 3".

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Seated next to Crenshaw, Davidson said he regretted his previous comments about the Republican politician.

"We can remember what brings us together as a country and still see the good in each other", Crenshaw said.

Davidson told Crenshaw it would only be fair if he made fun of pictures of Davidson in return.

Then Crensaw urged all Americans, as Veterans' Day nears, to "never forget". "Not separated by some imaginary barrier between civilians and veterans, who will never forget the sacrifices made by veterans past and present". He then suggested Americans should say "Never forget" to every veteran they meet-and reminded them to never forget those who died on 9/11, including Davidson's father, a NYC firefighter. "Maybe say, 'thanks for your service, ' but I would actually encourage you to say something else".

"So, we're good?" Davidson asked.

"No, I was just gonna let it ring, because that's rude to answer, let's just let it go to voicemail", Crenshaw trolled Davidson.

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