Amid his acting success, fans were delighted earlier this year when it was announced that Pete would be returning to host SNL in May — one year after his emotional departure.
Predictably, his appearance was a huge hit with viewers who were left impressed by his opening monologue and hilarious sketches. But there was one skit in particular that got everybody talking; Pete’s parody of the song “I’m Just Ken” from this year’s blockbuster Barbie movie.
The skit begins with Pete enthusiastically carrying a cake into the SNL studio before overhearing the cast shading his limited range and lukewarm TV career after quitting the show.
“When I’m high I do things like call up Colin Jost and say: ‘Homie, we should buy a boat,” Pete continues, with Pete and Colin leaving fans stunned last year when they bought a decommissioned ferry for $280,100 in an auction.
And while the boat situation is a pretty hilarious anecdote, it turned out to be just the beginning of Pete’s shout outs to his personal life in “I’m Just Pete” — which comes to a head when he sings about his feud with Kanye West.
He says: “People online still call me Skete because of a guy whose name I can’t say legally” as a picture of the rapper briefly flashes up on screen.
Kim and Pete ended up splitting in August 2022 after nine months of dating. Prior to Kim, Pete had dated the likes of Ariana Grande, Kate Beckinsale, and Kaia Gerber, and since their break up he has been linked to Emily Ratajkowski, Chase Sui Wonders, and is currently dating Madelyn Cline.
“My dating life is not discreet, I generate tons of publicity for everything except my comedy,” he sings.
So in true self-deprecating fashion, Pete pokes fun at his physical appearance multiple times in “I’m Just Pete,” kicking off with the lyric: “They tell me I have butthole eyes.”
Later in the song, he shouts out the “famous big dick energy” that has followed him after Ariana cheekily suggested in a tweet that Pete is “10 inches.”
“I’m mentally ill and I’m on drugs,” he quips. He then makes light of his frequent visits to rehab, which he most recently checked into in June after taking ketamine almost every day for four years.
“Out of the blue, like three times a year, when you least expect it, I go to rehab,” he sings, before acknowledging that he doesn’t have a social media presence on the advice of his doctors.
After “I’m Just Pete” reached its climax with Pete being joined by multiple other versions of himself, Pete has one more trick up his sleeve in the skit’s outro.
Arguably one of the most surprising references to his personal life in the whole sketch, the song ends with Pete driving his car into the side of Barbie’s Dream House and exclaiming: “Awh, not again!”
And while this tongue-in-cheek recreation of the accident caught many viewers off guard, all in all Pete was widely praised for his humility in the SNL skit, with fans left in awe of his ability to poke fun at himself.