Many celebrities have reached out to Pete Davidson in the aftermath of his troubling Instagram post last week. The most unlikely good Samaritan was Texas Congressman-elect Dan Crenshaw. You may recognize Crenshaw as the eyepatch-wielding veteran Davidson made a joke about on Saturday Night Live. Crenshaw appeared on the show the following week to make amends.
Crenshaw spoke with Houston’s NBC affiliate station KPRC about the “devastating” post his newest funny friend made. “You don’t want to see somebody in that kind of position…to the point where they’re actually putting out a cry for help on social media,” he said. “That’s not a good place to be in.”
Davidson deleted his Instagram after posting, “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.”
The soon-to-be-sworn-in Congressman shared that he spoke with Davidson, even though their history doesn’t go back very far. He told the SNL star that he has a purpose on this earth. “Especially a guy like that. He makes people laugh,” said Crenshaw. “Sometimes he makes people mad. But he makes people laugh a lot. It was a good conversation.”
From Jon Cryer to Nicki Minaj to Meghan McCain, celebrities sent their support both privately and publicly, some even sharing about their own struggles with mental illness. Davidson’s post caused many to send emergency calls to 30 Rock to check in on him as he should have been there getting ready for the night’s show. Davidson ended up being okay—even after a wellness check by the NYPD—and appeared briefly on Saturday night’s show. Later reports revealed he had allegedly missed rehearsals that week and was therefore cut from most sketches.
Responding to what appeared to be a call for help from comedian Pete Davidson, @DanCrenshawTX with me for #HouNewsmakers EXTRA talks about his response and phone call. https://t.co/BRiFwhBjD8 pic.twitter.com/GpqlUCPXpw
— Khambrel Marshall (@KPRC2Khambrel) December 17, 2018