Pete Davidson says making fun of ex Ariana Grande is ‘fair game’


Pete Davidson didn’t hold back from making fun of ex Ariana Grande during his new Netflix special Alive From New York.

While the SNL player, 26, said he didn’t initially plan on mocking his former love in the stand-up special, Davidson declared the pop star ‘fair game’ after a friend told him she only dated the comic ‘as a distraction.’

Pete wasn’t pulling punches during the special, lashing out at the thank you, next singer at the same time as rescinding an apology to Texas politician Dan Crenshaw.

Ex factor: Pete Davidson wasn’t pulling punches as he made fun of ex Ariana Grande during his new Netflix comedy special Alive From New York. The pair are seen in August 2019 above

Sorry, not sorry: Pete lashed out at the thank you, next singer at the same time as rescinding an apology to Texas politician Dan Crenshaw (above 2019), comparing the congressman's rise to prominence to the comic's own ascent to fame

Sorry, not sorry: Pete lashed out at the thank you, next singer at the same time as rescinding an apology to Texas politician Dan Crenshaw (above 2019), comparing the congressman’s rise to prominence to the comic’s own ascent to fame

Davidson compared his rise to fame with Crenshaw’s newfound notoriety, claiming he ‘made [Crenshaw] famous’ the same way Grande elevated Pete’s public stature.

Pete outraged many after joking about Crenshaw’s eyepatch on SNL, telling audiences he was ‘he was surprised [Crenshaw is] a congressional candidate from Texas and not a hitman in a porno movie.’

‘It was a very harmless Saturday Night Live joke. I didn’t think anything of it,’ Davidson explained.

But after receiving death threats and a loud public backlash, Pete issued an apology.

Off color: Pete outraged many after joking about Crenshaw's eyepatch on SNL, telling audiences he was 'he was surprised [Crenshaw is] a congressional candidate from Texas and not a hitman in a porno movie'

Off color: Pete outraged many after joking about Crenshaw’s eyepatch on SNL, telling audiences he was ‘he was surprised [Crenshaw is] a congressional candidate from Texas and not a hitman in a porno movie’

Mea culpa: After receiving death threats and a loud public backlash, Pete (above January 2019) issued an apology

Mea culpa: After receiving death threats and a loud public backlash, Pete (above January 2019) issued an apology

Still, he was upset at people crediting him with elevating the Texas Republican’s status.

‘The only thing I don’t like is people are, like, “It’s your fault that guy won”,’ he complained. ‘…That’s not true. I think like most of the votes were in and that guy is a Republican with an eye patch in Texas. So it was a lock before it even started.’

‘The only thing I did do, which I am guilty of and I apologized for, is I did make that guy famous, and a household name for no reason,’ he went on, before quipping ‘I did what Ariana Grande did for me.’ 

Backtracking: 'The only thing I did do, which I am guilty of and I apologized for, is I did make that guy famous, and a household name for no reason,' he went on, before quipping 'I did what Ariana Grande did for me.' The former pair are seen in 2018 above

Backtracking: ‘The only thing I did do, which I am guilty of and I apologized for, is I did make that guy famous, and a household name for no reason,’ he went on, before quipping ‘I did what Ariana Grande did for me.’ The former pair are seen in 2018 above

'Fair game': 'I wasn’t going to do jokes about this, but then my buddy told me, he’s like, "Yo, I recently heard that Ariana said she had no idea who you were and she just dated you as a distraction." So now I just think it’s like fair game,' Pete revealed about Ari, seen at January's Grammy Awards above

‘Fair game’: ‘I wasn’t going to do jokes about this, but then my buddy told me, he’s like, “Yo, I recently heard that Ariana said she had no idea who you were and she just dated you as a distraction.” So now I just think it’s like fair game,’ Pete revealed about Ari, seen at January’s Grammy Awards above

‘I wasn’t going to do jokes about this, but then my buddy told me, he’s like, “Yo, I recently heard that Ariana said she had no idea who you were and she just dated you as a distraction.” So now I just think it’s like fair game,’ he continued.

‘She won Billboard’s Woman of the Year, and I got called ‘butthole eyes’ by barstoolsports.com,’ Pete went on laughing.

Davidson’s cutting jokes came after he opened up about the end of his relationship with Grande during a YouTube interview with Charlamagne Tha God. 

During their lengthy sit-down, the comedian revealed his romance with Grande was over when her ex Mac Miller died.

‘I pretty much knew it was around over after that,’ the SNL castmember said. ‘That was really horrible, and I can’t imagine what that s*** is like. All I do know is that she really loved the s*** out of him and she wasn’t putting on a show or anything.’

Writing was on the wall: Pete Davidson revealed in a YouTube interview with Charlamagne Tha God that he knew his romance with Ariana Grande was over when her ex Mac Miller died

Writing was on the wall: Pete Davidson revealed in a YouTube interview with Charlamagne Tha God that he knew his romance with Ariana Grande was over when her ex Mac Miller died

Davidson, 26, explained that he ‘totally got it’ when it came to his then fiancee’s feelings about Miller with whom she’d had a two-year relationship. 

‘I was like, ‘Listen, I get it, do whatever you’ve got to do, I’ll be here.’ I think I said, ‘I’ll be here until you don’t want me to be here,” he said.

Miller passed away on September 7, 2018, from an accidental drug overdose. He was 26.

In mid-October, Davidson and Grande ended their engagement. 

Doomed: Davidson and Grande got engaged in June 2018 (pictured) after a whirlwind two-month romance and broke up in October 2018, weeks after Miller's drug overdose death

Doomed: Davidson and Grande got engaged in June 2018 (pictured) after a whirlwind two-month romance and broke up in October 2018, weeks after Miller’s drug overdose death

Her great love: 'All I do know is that she really loved the s*** out of him and she wasn’t putting on a show or anything,' the comedian and SNL castmember said. (Miller and Grande are pictured in March 2018)

Her great love: ‘All I do know is that she really loved the s*** out of him and she wasn’t putting on a show or anything,’ the comedian and SNL castmember said. (Miller and Grande are pictured in March 2018)

Gave her space: 'I was like, ‘Listen, I get it, do whatever you’ve got to do, I’ll be here.’ I think I said, ‘I’ll be here until you don’t want me to be here,'' he said

Gave her space: ‘I was like, ‘Listen, I get it, do whatever you’ve got to do, I’ll be here.’ I think I said, ‘I’ll be here until you don’t want me to be here,” he said

He went on to date actresses Kate Beckinsale, 46, and Margaret Qualley, 25, and Cindy Crawford’s 18-year-old daughter Kaia Gerber.

He acknowledges that he does use his love life as a source of jokes for his stand-up routines but he also seeks to be ‘cool’ with his exes and draws the line at anything he would consider ‘hurtful.’

He told Charlemagne Tha God: ‘I wanna be cool with everybody but, you know, stand-up’s part of my life. That was a highly publicized thing. I feel like [Ariana] got her fair run and her fair stab at it, and like I said, I don’t have social media and I don’t have an outlet really to express my feelings so stand-up’s just how I do it.’

He added that the Thank U Next hitmaker is ‘the queen of shade… I hope people feel the same way about my jokes.’

Davidson recently completed a stint in residential rehab in Arizona where he sobered up and got help with his depression. 

He said that going forward, he is done with dating ‘for a while’. 

‘I’m going to try and stay away from that. It’s just a lot,’ he said. 

Comic: Davidson told the rapper that he does use his love life as a source of jokes for his stand-up routines but he also seeks to be 'cool' with his exes and draws the line at anything 'hurtful'

Comic: Davidson told the rapper that he does use his love life as a source of jokes for his stand-up routines but he also seeks to be ‘cool’ with his exes and draws the line at anything ‘hurtful’

Singer: Davidson called his former fiancee 'the queen of shade' and said he thought the Thank U Next hitmaker had 'her fair stab' at publicly sharing her thoughts on their romance

Singer: Davidson called his former fiancee ‘the queen of shade’ and said he thought the Thank U Next hitmaker had ‘her fair stab’ at publicly sharing her thoughts on their romance

Ladies man: He broke up with his latest flame Kaia Gerber, 18, a few weeks ago and headed to residential rehab.  He said in Monday's interview that he is done with dating 'for a while'

Ladies man: He broke up with his latest flame Kaia Gerber, 18, a few weeks ago and headed to residential rehab.  He said in Monday’s interview that he is done with dating ‘for a while’

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