Pete Davidson Pulls the Plug on ‘Bupkis’ Season 2: ‘This Part of My Life Is Finished’

Pete Davidson is walking away from his semi-autobiographical comedy series, “Bupkis.”

The Peacock show, which debuted in May 2023, was slated to go into production this summer for a second season. Davidson issued a press statement formally pulling the plug on the series entirely.

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“I’ve always seen ‘Bupkis’ as a window into my life, since it is so personal and about my struggles and family,” Davidson said. “After nearly a decade of my personal life being in the media I wanted a chance to tell my story my way. Of all the work I’ve ever done, ‘Bupkis’ is by far what I’m most proud of.”

He continued, “I am so grateful to Lorne Michaels and Broadway Video, Peacock, Universal Television, and the amazing cast and writers for helping me create something honest, funny, and heartfelt. I do also feel that this part of my life is finished. I’m very excited for this next chapter and for you guys to see the work. Thank you to all who support me for I am forever grateful.”

Per The Hollywood Reporter, Davidson’s agent emailed Peacock to share the “SNL” alum’s decision; however, production company Broadway Video was allegedly not informed until the statement.

Davidson played a version of himself in the half-hour show that captured his family dynamics alongside his mother (Edie Falco), eccentric grandfather (Joe Pesci), and girlfriend (Chase Sui Wonders). Kenan Thompson, Charlie Day, Brad Garrett, Ray Romano, and Simon Rex also appeared in the series. A second season was announced in June 2023 after Season 1 received solid reviews. Dave Sirus served as showrunner, with Davidson and Judah Miller writing.

The IndieWire review called into question the meta-ness of the show, with critic Proma Khosla penning, “Pete Davidson the persona becomes a bit of a distraction. As the show takes on its own life, it doesn’t need to lean on him and could be about some other guy played by Pete Davidson. Paradoxically, that may not have been an option; maybe then the distraction would be watching Pete Davidson just play some guy who has an awful lot in common with Pete Davidson — even when so many actors have done the same. ‘Bupkis’ captures that chaotic enjoyment while sneakily acquainting viewers with Davidson as an artist. His reputation doesn’t have to eclipse his career — and the very least, they can start to work together.”

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