Pete Davidson made his first public comments about being harassed by Kanye West at this weekend’s Netflix Is a Joke Festival, where he headlined two stand-up shows.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, Pete, 28, was doing back-to-back sets for his “Pete Davidson and Best Friends” shows at Los Angeles’ Fonda Theatre on Friday (April 29), the comedian opened by remarking what a weird year he’d had so far, quipping it started with an AIDS scare.
There were allegations earlier this year that West was trying to spread a rumor that Davidson had the immunodeficiency condition. The rapper targeted the Saturday Night Live star after Davidson began a relationship with West’s ex-wife Kim Kardashian. West even harassed Davidson daily on Instagram, and as well as in his lyrics.
Davidson joked he went to the doctor to be tested for AIDS after West’s accusation, since he was “a genius,” but was told he did not have it, just that he looked like he did. He made several other nods at West’s comments throughout the set, including that none of his friends or fellow comedians knew how to give him any advice to deal with the attacks and just wished him luck. The King of Staten Island star then reminisced about going to a basketball game last December with Chris Rock and Jon Stewart, and how much had changed since then. “Chris got slapped, I got decapitated,” he teased, warning Stewart to watch his back.
Davidson also noted how people had asked him if he was upset with friend Jack Harlow for collaborating on music with West, to which the comedian said he wasn’t, but would be devasted if another friend like Bill Burr went to West’s Sunday Service. He also joked that he hoped West would pull a Mrs. Doubtfire and show up one day disguised as a housekeeper in Kim’s home. Though he referenced Kim while joking about Ye, Davidson didn’t mention Kardashian throughout the set otherwise.
Davidson remarked the Friday show was only his third time on stage in three years.