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Posted: November 05, 2018

'SNL' star Pete Davidson slammed for mocking candidate who lost eye in Afghanistan

Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson Reportedly Break Up

By Michelle Ewing, Cox Media Group National Content Desk


"Saturday Night Live" star Pete Davidson is making headlines again – but this time, not for his breakup with singer Ariana Grande.

In Saturday's "Weekend Update" segment, the comedian cracked jokes about political candidates' looks, including former Navy SEAL Dan Crenshaw, a Texas Republican running for Congress. Crenshaw wears a patch over his right eye, which he lost in an IED blast in Afghanistan, CNN reported.

>> Ariana Grande releases new single before 'SNL'; Pete Davidson talks split

"This guy's kinda cool, Dan Crenshaw," Davidson said. "You may be surprised to hear he's a congressional candidate from Texas and not a hit man in a porno movie." 

He laughed, then added: "I'm sorry; I know he lost his eye in war or whatever."

>> Watch the segment here (WARNING: Discretion advised)

Crenshaw took to Twitter to respond to Davidson's comments.

"Good rule in life: I try hard not to offend; I try harder not to be offended," Crenshaw tweeted Sunday. "That being said, I hope @nbcsnl recognizes that vets don’t deserve to see their wounds used as punchlines for bad jokes."

>> See Crenshaw's tweet here

The National Republican Congressional Committee also issued a statement slamming Davidson.

>> Read more trending news 

"Getting dumped by your pop star girlfriend is no excuse for lashing out at a decorated war hero who lost his eye serving our country," the statement said. "Pete Davidson and NBC should immediately apologize to Dan, and to the millions of veterans and military families who tune in every weekend – because they're not laughing."

>> See the tweet here


Mark Mulligan/AP

'SNL' star Pete Davidson slammed for mocking candidate who lost eye in Afghanistan

Mark Mulligan/AP

'SNL' star Pete Davidson slammed for mocking candidate who lost eye in Afghanistan

In this Tuesday, May 22, 2018, file photo shows Republican congressional candidate Dan Crenshaw with his wife, Tara.

Ariana Grande releases new single before 'SNL'; Pete Davidson talks split

Pop star Ariana Grande released a new single shortly before ex-fiance Pete Davidson hit the stage on "Saturday Night Live."

>> Ariana Grande, Pete Davidson call it quits, reports say wedding is off

In the song, called "Thank U, Next," Grande thanks her former boyfriends – including Davidson and Mac Miller, who died from a suspected overdose in September – for helping her learn and grow.

"Even almost got married / And for Pete, I'm so thankful / Wish I could say, 'Thank you' to Malcolm / 'Cause he was an angel," she sings in the first verse.

>> Listen to the song here (WARNING: Lyrics contain profanity.)

Grande referenced the song's title last week in a now-deleted tweet slamming Davidson after he appeared to joke about the pair's whirlwind romance and broken engagement in a "Saturday Night Live" promo.

"Hey Maggie, I'm Pete," he told musical guest Maggie Rogers in the clip. "Wanna get married?"

"No," Rogers said, to which Davidson replied, "0 for 3." (Davidson previously was engaged to Cazzie David, daughter of comedian Larry David, according to NBC News.)

>> Watch the promo here

In an apparent response to the clip, Grande tweeted, "For somebody who claims to hate relevancy u sure love clinging to it huh," adding, "Thank u, next."

During this weekend's "SNL" broadcast, Davidson addressed the split – and Grande's song – on "Weekend Update."

>> Read more trending news 

"I know that some of you are curious about the breakup, but the truth is it's nobody's business, and sometimes things just don't work out and that's OK," Davidson said. "She's a wonderful, strong person, and I genuinely wish her all the happiness in the world."

Moments later, he joked: "I'm still a great song, though."

>> Watch the clip here

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Ariana Grande, Pete Davidson call it quits, reports say wedding is off

Pop star Ariana Grande and fiancé Pete Davidson have called it quits, according to news reports.

>> Read more trending news 

Grande and the “Saturday Night Live” cast member were dating just a short time when they announced their engagement last May.

Both TMZ and People magazine are reporting that the singer and Davidson decided to end their engagement.

It’s unclear why at this point because neither has issued a statement on what happened, but TMZ is reporting that the decision was mutual and that both “felt the timing wasn’t right.”

Grande, 25, still has pictures of Davidson, 24, posted on her social media accounts, but his accounts are now inactive.

>> Related: Ariana Grande stepping away from public eye 'to heal and mend'

The split follows the death of Grande’s former boyfriend, musician Mac Miller, in a reported drug overdoes last month.

Ariana Grande stepping away from public eye 'to heal and mend'

Despite fan speculation that she would be at the Emmys Monday night, Ariana Grande didn’t show.

The rumors led the singer’s representatives to confirm that she will be taking time out of the spotlight.

>> Read more trending news 

“Contrary to reports, Ariana will not be attending the Emmys tonight,” Grande’s team told People in a statement Tuesday. “Pete has also opted to not attend to be with her in New York.

“Given the events of the past couple of years, Ariana is going to take some much needed time to heal and mend. She will be staying close to home and using this period to spend time with her loved ones and work on new music without deadline. She thanks her fans for their understanding.”

The events referenced in the statement include the Manchester Arena bombing that occurred after Grande’s concert. In the incident, a suicide bomber took the lives of 22 people. Grande spoke about having symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder after the bombing.

In May, Grande broke up with her boyfriend of two years, rapper Mac Miller. Miller died Sept. 7.

Related: Ariana Grande posts thoughts about Mac Miller on Instagram

“I adored you from the day I met you when I was nineteen and I always will,” Grande wrote in an Instagram post after his death. “I can’t believe you aren’t here anymore. I really can’t wrap my head around it.”

Grande released her latest album, “Sweetener,” Aug. 17.

Ariana Grande posts thoughts about Mac Miller on Instagram

Ariana Grande is commenting for the first time on her friend and ex-boyfriend Mac Miller since his death on Sept. 7.

In a Friday Instagram post, the singer, who has turned comments off on her page since Miller’s death, expresses disbelief that he’s gone.

>> Read more trending news 

“I adored you from the day I met you when I was nineteen and I always will,” Grande wrote. “I can’t believe you aren’t here anymore. I really can’t wrap my head around it. We talked about this. So many times. I’m so mad, I’m so sad I don’t know what to do. You were my dearest friend. For so long. Above anything else. I’m so sorry I couldn’t fix or take your pain away. I really wanted to. The kindest, sweetest soul with demons he never deserved. I hope you’re okay now. Rest.”

Related: Rapper Mac Miller dead at 26

The caption accompanies a video post of Miller in a black hoodie that contains the phrase “Everything will be OK” in a small white font across the front.

In the video, Miller starts to tell a story but stops and laughs with Grande when he realizes she’s recording him.

Miller was found dead in his California home at age 26. He and Grande dated for nearly two years before breaking up in May. Grande has since gotten engaged to Pete Davidson.

Related: Ariana Grande, rapper Mac Miller amicably split

Grande had previously spoken publicly about her efforts to be there for Miller and support him in his sobriety. Miller frequently rapped about his struggles with drugs.

An official cause of death has not been announced.

Who was Mac Miller, popular rapper who died at 26?

Mac Miller was a beloved and popular rapper who grew up in Pittsburgh and had several chart-topping songs throughout his career.

>> Photos: Remembering Mac Miller

Born Malcolm McCormick in Jan. 19,1992, Miller was raised in Point Breeze and graduated from Allderdice High School in 2010.

"We are deeply saddened to have learned about the tragic passing of 2010 Pittsburgh Allderdice alum Mac Miller. We wish to extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends," a release from Pittsburgh Public Schools said.

>> More: Rapper Mac Miller dead at 26

He started rapping when he was 14 years old and released his first mixtape “But My Mackin Ain't Easy” in 2007.

In 2010, he signed with Rostrum Records, the same label as Wiz Khalifa, another prominent local rapper.

The following year, Miller's song “Donald Trump” was released. It peaked at number 74 on the U.S. Billboard charts the following January and was certified platinum in 2013.

In 2013, Mac Miller was given a key to the City of Pittsburgh.

From 2016 to 2018 Miller dated pop star Ariana Grande, though the two publicly separated and she is now engaged to comedian Pete Davidson.

Earlier this year Miller was arrested after allegedly crashing into a telephone pole while driving under the influence and fleeing the scene with two passengers.

Miller was set to embark on a North American tour in October.

He died on Sept. 7 in San Fernando Valley, California of an apparent drug overdose.

Ariana Grande claps back at jokes about fiance Pete Davidson’s eyes

Singer Ariana Grande is coming to her fiance Pete Davidson’s defense, after a sports blog made fun of his eyes.

An article that appeared in Barstool Sports said the pigmentation around Davidson’s eyes looked like “butthole eyes.”

“Y’all do kno this man has an auto immune disease …… right?” Grande tweeted. “….. like you do understand what you’re doing when u do this right? jus wanna make sure.”

>> Read more trending news 

Davidson, 24, has battled Crohn’s disease, an autoimmune disorder, since he was a teenager. 

He first talked openly about his struggle with Crohn’s disease in an interview with High Times magazine in 2016.

I got Crohn’s disease when I was 17 or 18,” Davidson said. “My stomach would be in pain all day and I wouldn’t be able to eat. I’m sick, I have Crohn’s ... so it sucks.”

Crohn’s is a form of inflammatory bowel disease that affects an estimated 780,000 people in the United States, according to the Mayo Clinic

It causes inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract, with symptoms including abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, weight loss and skin changes.

Davidson told High Times medicinal marijuana helps keep his symptoms under control.

“I found that the medicines that the doctors were prescribing me and seeing all these doctors and trying new things … weed would be the only thing that would help me eat,” Davidson said. “I wouldn’t be able to do ‘Saturday Night Live’ if I didn’t smoke weed. I wouldn’t be able to do anything really. Me performing not high has gone awful. It’s awful for me because I don’t feel well.”

Davidson also recently opened up about his struggles with Borderline Personality Disorder in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine.

Grande’s support for Davidson was backed up by fans, who retweeted her thousands of times and attacked Barstool Sports for the comment.

Genuinely imagine having the audacity to write such an awful article as this,” one follower wrote. “You literally couldn’t pay me enough to do that.”

Barstool Sports responded by publishing another article slamming Grande’s response, saying she is “being roasted online,” citing a New York Post report that Crohn’s disease doesn’t cause skin pigmentation around the eyes.