NYPD officers performed a "wellness check" on SNL star Pete Davidson after he posted a disturbing cry for help on Instagram. He wrote: "I really don't want to be on this earth anymore. i'm doing my best to stay here for you but i actually don't know how much longer i can last. all i've ever tried to do was help people. just remember i told you so."
Davidson then deleted his account. Hours later, he appeared in two skits on SNL. In one pre-recorded segment, he played Mr. Robot star Rami Malek auditioning to take over the host role at the Oscars (which Kevin Hart famously vacated after old homophobic tweets of his resurfaced). Later, he introduced a live performance by Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson.
This has been a rough year for Davidson, who has been open about his struggle with mental health. In October, he and pop star Ariana Grande split after a four-month-long highly publicized (and mocked) engagement.
Earlier this month, he took to Instagram to complain about the bullying he says he’s suffered at the hands of Grande fans. He wrote: "I'm trying to understand how when something happens to a guy the whole entire world just trashes him without any facts or frame of reference."
"I just want you guys to know. No matter how hard the internet or anyone tries to make me kill myself. I won't. I'm upset I even have to say this," he wrote.
NBC has not commented on the matter. Several celebrities, including Jon Cryer, Machine Gun Kelly and Jada Pinkett Smith posted messages of support to him on Instagram.
Michael Rapaport, meanwhile, apologized after posting several tweets that mocked both Davidson and Kanye West. "Didn’t realize Pete Davidson posted an actual genuinely scary IG note," he admitted. "Had no clue. Was not informed of all of those details. Would never mock someone when they’re truly down. Sincerely. I thought this was all the daily normal gossip of the day & was doing my daily take."