Pete Davidson's Stand-Up Special Is Basically a Roast of Ariana Grande
Since Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande split more than a year ago, the comedian has acted like the ideal ex-boyfriend. Immediately following their fallout, Pete praised Ariana for being "a wonderful, strong person" on SNL, and, most recently, he was a total gentleman when speaking to Charlamagne Tha God about supporting the pop star as she grappled with the loss of her ex Mac Miller.
Well, after the release of his Netflix stand-up special, Alive From New York, it seems the nice guy act was just that — an act. An entire segment of the show is dedicated to his relationship with Grande, and he doesn't hold back in unleashing the shade.
"I wasn't gonna do jokes about this but then my buddy told me, 'You, I've 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 fair game," he began his roast of Ariana. "And you're like, 'Pete, this isn't fair. You're airing out dirty laundry. How could you do that? Where did she say this stuff? To her friends in the confidence of her own home?' No, she said it on the cover of Vogue magazine."
He's referring to Ariana's July 2019 interview with Vogue, in which she called meeting Pete an "amazing distraction" following her split from Miller. “It was frivolous and fun and insane and highly unrealistic, and I loved him, and I didn’t know him," she confessed. "I’m like an infant when it comes to real life and this old soul, been-around-the-block-a-million-times artist. I still don’t trust myself with the life stuff."
Davidson went on to mock Grande's tan for the photo shoot, adding: "Can you imagine if I did that? My career would be over tomorrow. If I spray-painted myself brown and hopped on the cover of Vogue magazine and just started shitting on my ex."
Finally, he delivered another dig about her young fans. "My biggest fear is I'm gonna get shot in the back of the head by a nine-year-old with a ponytail," he said. "And the last thing I'm gonna hear is, 'Hashtag canceled.'"
Throughout the special Davidson emphasized that these jokes were only meant to make people laugh, albeit at the expense of his ex. Meanwhile, the humor, he adds, is like his version of "Thank U, Next." "She has, you know, her songs and stuff and this is what I have, okay?"