Written by Staff Writer at CNN
Taylor Swift and Pete Davidson are joining the cast of “Saturday Night Live,” TheWrap reported on Wednesday. The coveted spot was previously held by recent graduate and New York native Alex Moffat, who was an outstanding performer and hired by former cast members Michael Che and Colin Jost.
The 23-year-old Davidson and the 25-year-old Swift have been fans of each other for quite some time. Davidson and Swift were introduced to each other through a mutual friend in 2017, while Swift performed a hit on “SNL” with Davidson’s then girlfriend, pop singer Ariana Grande.
Days after their performance, Davidson called Swift “the greatest female singer alive,” while Swift said that Davidson was “the funniest, best part of SNL every week.”
Swift is also scheduled to perform on the soon-to-be-vacated “SNL” hosting role in late September.
It’s not clear what Davidson and Swift will be doing on the show, as executive producer Lorne Michaels reportedly told Davidson that he’d prefer the comedian to be more comical, something that was successful for Moffat. It’s also unclear when Davidson and Swift will debut as cast members.
For the moment, Davidson is busy as a guest on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” where the host made a few jokes about the rumors.
“Now with the new cast on ‘SNL,’ I don’t have to prove myself anymore,” Davidson said. “I can just come and do it and she [Swift] can do it.”
The night was heavy on nostalgia with several legendary cast members. Colin Jost re-directed Larry David’s role from “Seinfeld” and introduced the upcoming musical guest, Matt Damon. Kenan Thompson made the rounds with Kevin Hart, Chelsea Handler and Leslie Jones. Melissa Villaseñor, who has already graced the show multiple times, moved onto standing alongside Cecily Strong and Beck Bennett.
Fan favorites Bobby Moynihan and Sasheer Zamata are also set to make appearances throughout the summer, as is surprise host Judd Apatow.
But host Charlize Theron refused to be separated from her animals, dropping them by the side of the stage during her monologue.