Newly elected Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) appeared on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” and graciously accepted an apology from Pete Davidson, whose classless mocking of Crenshaw last week drew national outrage.
“You may be surprised to hear that he’s a congressional candidate from Texas and not a hitman in a porno movie,” Davidson said last week, which exploded on social media. “I’m sorry. I know he lost his eye in war or whatever.”
On Saturday, Crenshaw made a surprise appearance on SNL where he accepted an apology from Davidson, roasted him, and then made a final call for unity.
“In what I’m sure was a huge shock for people who know me, I made a poor choice last week,” Davidson said before Crenshaw appeared on set. “I made a joke about Lieutenant Commander Dan Crenshaw, and on behalf of the show and myself, I apologize.”
“I mean this from the bottom of my heart. It was a poor choice of words. The man is a war hero and he deserves all of the respect in the world,” Davidson continued. “And if any good came of this, maybe it was that for one day the left and the right finally came together to agree on something: that I’m a dick.”
At that moment, Crenshaw, seated in a rolling chair, came flying onto the set and rammed into Davidson, where he quipped, “Ya think?”
“Thank you so much for coming,” Davidson responded.
“Thank you for making a Republican look good,” Crenshaw fired back.
Davidson then apologized to Crenshaw, who graciously accepted. At that moment Crenshaw’s phone rang with a ringtone from Davidson’s ex-fiancé, Ariana Grande.
Crenshaw got his opportunity to roast Davidson before he called for Americans to unite, later honoring Davidson’s father, who was a New York City firefighter who died on 9/11.
Following the incident last week, Crenshaw wrote on Twitter: “Good rule in life: I try hard not to offend; I try harder not to be offended. That being said, I hope @nbcsnl recognizes that vets don’t deserve to see their wounds used as punchlines for bad jokes.”
Crenshaw noted earlier last week that the show apologized to him after the tasteless incident.
“The producers did reach out privately and said, ‘Hey, we apologize.’ Apparently, this wasn’t scripted,” Crenshaw told Houston ABC affiliate KTRK, as reported by ABC News. “That’s fine. What I called for before was civility. Right? I don’t want to be part of the problem. That’s why I don’t want to be calling for firing people and demanding apologies.”