Pete Davidson's not-so-veiled rehab joke on 'SNL' sparks concern and support

A thinly-veiled joke about entering rehab has re-ignited support and concern for "Saturday Night Live" comic Pete Davidson.

The 26-year-old has been noticeably absent from several episodes of "SNL" this season, but he was present for Dec. 21's installment of Weekend Update, where he indicated to Colin Jost that he plans to enter treatment in the coming weeks.

After Jost asked what Davidson will be up to this holiday season, Davidson nonchalantly replied, "Oh, I'm going on a little 'vacation,'" putting the word in air quotes. "You know, the kind of vacation where insurance pays for some of it, and they take your phone and shoelaces and you have roommates, but it still costs like 100 grand."

Fans were quick to voice their concern and support for the comic after the unexpected moment unfolded. "If this was genuinely Pete sneakily telling the world he’s going in for mental health treatment or rehab, I really hope he gets the help he needs," reads the current top-voted comment on YouTube.

The apparent announcement comes one week after Davidson and his co-stars poked fun at his repeated absences during guest host Scarlett Johansson's monologue. "So uh, Pete, taking a few shows off, are ya?" Kenan Thompson asked.

"Yeah, when you've been here as long as I have, you can do that," Davidson said.

"Really!" Thompson, who is the show's longest-running cast member with more than 15 seasons under his belt, replied. "Well that's good to know!"

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LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 740 -- Pictured: Comedian Pete Davidson on September 27, 2018 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Seth Meyers' Episode 1749 -- Pictured: (l-r) Pete Davidson, Chris Redd during 'Trees' on Saturday, October 13, 2018 -- (Photo by: Steven Molina Contreras/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Jonah Hill' Episode 1750 -- Pictured: (l-r) Musical Guest Maggie Rogers, Host Jonah Hill, and Pete Davidson during Promos on Saturday, November 3, 2018 -- (Photo by: Rosalind O'Connor/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Pete Davidson attends the American Museum of Natural History's Museum Gala on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Alec Baldwin' Episode 1718 -- Pictured: (l-r) Pete Davidson and host Alec Baldwin during the monologue on February 11, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Photo by: ESBP/STAR MAX/IPx 2018 8/20/18 Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 26: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS, SPECIAL RATES APPLY) (L-R) Actors Jeff Ross, David Spade, Pete Davidson, and Cazzie David attend the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/VF17/WireImage)
Photo by: gotpap/STAR MAX/IPx 2017 4/25/17 Pete Davidson is seen in Los Angeles, CA.
Miami Marlins center fielder Christian Yelich, right, and Saturday Night Live comedian Pete Davidson, wearing a Marlins uniform, catch fly balls in the outfield during batting practice before a baseball game against the New York Mets in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Kristen Stewart' Episode 1717 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kate McKinnon as Grandma, Pete Davidson as Grandpa Joe, host Kristen Stewart as Charlie, and Vanessa Bayer as Grandma during the 'Golden Ticket' sketch on February 4th, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Aziz Ansari' Episode 1716 -- Pictured: (l-r) Melissa Villase�r and Pete Davidson during the 'Attorney Ad' sketch on January 21st, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Former President Bill Clinton poses for a photo with Ariana Grande, center, and Pete Davidson, right, during the funeral service for Aretha Franklin at Greater Grace Temple, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Detroit. Franklin died Aug. 16, 2018 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
CULVER CITY, CA - MARCH 14: Pete Davidson speaks onstage at the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber at Sony Pictures Studios on March 14, 2015 in Culver City, California. The show will premiere on Monday, March 30 at 10:00pm ET/PT. Credit: PGFM/MediaPunch /IPX
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Kristen Stewart' Episode 1717 -- Pictured: Pete Davidson during the 'Meet Cute' sketch on January 31, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Kristen Wiig' Episode 1711 -- Pictured: (l-r) Pete Davidson and Colin Jost during Weekend Update on November 19, 2016 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: Pete Davidson attends the 2016 American Museum of Natural History Museum Gala at the American Museum of Natural History on November 17, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 438 -- Pictured: (l-r) Comedian Pete Davidson during an interview with host Seth Meyers on October 25, 2016 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WANTAGH, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Comedian Pete Davidson performs onstage during Oddball Comedy Festival at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on September 10, 2016 in Wantagh, New York. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 27: Actor Pete Davidson and Cazzie David attend the Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe at Sony Studios on August 27, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 24: Pete Davidson attends The New York Police & Fire Widows' & Children's Benefit Fund 4th Annual Kick Off To Summer Benefit at The Bowery Hotel on May 24, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 04: Johnny Damon and Pete Davidson join Pepsi to celebrate Yankees opening day, helping fans earn their pinstripes on April 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Pepsi)
Toronto, Canada - September 17: Pete Davidson at the Samsung Hope for Children Gala 2015 at Hammerstein Ballroom on September 17, 2015 in New York City Credit: Diego Corredor/MediaPunch /IPX
Pete Davidson, left, and Cazzie David arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Pete Davidson arrives at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Eric Jamison/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
Pete Davidson, left, and Tiffany Haddish present the award for best hip hop video at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Pete Davidson, from left, Kyle Mooney, Aidy Bryant, Mikey Day, and Beck Bennett arrive at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Pete Davidson attends the Governors Ball for the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
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During another monologue moment, after Heidi Gardner voiced concern that Pete had been zapped away by "Avengers" villain Thanos, Cecily Strong replied, "Oh no, I just think it's one of those weeks where Pete doesn't show up."

Earlier this season, photos emerged of Davidson on a Miami vacation with rumored girlfriend Kaia Gerber while his co-workers were in New York on a normal "SNL" production schedule.

Davidson joined the show at 20 years old, making him one of the show's youngest cast members of all time. He admitted during Weekend Update that he feels guilty when people compare him to Eddie Murphy, who was 19 when he started on "SNL."

The comedian has had an infamously rocky few years: He became a household name in mid-2018 when he and Ariana Grande embarked on a whirlwind romance-turned-engagement that ultimately fell apart a few months later. After the relationship ended, he wrote an alarming social media post that appeared to threaten suicide.

He later appeared on that week's "SNL" and jokingly addressed the headlines on Weekend Update.

Davidson has been forthcoming about his mental health difficulties. He is diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and has battled suicidal thoughts throughout his life.

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 22: Colin Jost and Scarlett Johansson attends the World Premiere of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures 'Avengers: Endgame' at Los Angeles Convention Center on April 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 22: Colin Jost and Scarlett Johansson attend the World Premiere Of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures 'Avengers: Endgame' at Los Angeles Convention Center on April 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost attend the 70th Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost attend the 70th Emmy Awards - Arrivals at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Actor Scarlett Johansson and comedian Colin Jost attend the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for New York Magazine)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Actor Scarlett Johansson and comedian Colin Jost attend the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost attend the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Huffington Post)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Colin Jost and Scarlett Johansson attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Colin Jost and Scarlett Johansson attend the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 23: Actors Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost attend the premiere of Disney and Marvel's 'Avengers: Infinity War' on April 23, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 23: Scarlett Johansson, Colin Jost arrives at the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Avengers: Infinity War' on April 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 23: Scarlett Johansson, Colin Jost arrives at the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Avengers: Infinity War' on April 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 23: Scarlett Johansson, Colin Jost arrives at the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Avengers: Infinity War' on April 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 30: Colin Jost and Scarlett Johansson attends The 2017 Museum Gala at American Museum of Natural History on November 30, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 30: Colin Jost and Scarlett Johansson attends The 2017 Museum Gala at American Museum of Natural History on November 30, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost attend American Museum Of Natural History's 2018 Museum Gala at American Museum of Natural History on November 15, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Actress Scarlett Johansson and boyfriend comedian Colin Jost attend the American Museum of Natural History's 2018 Museum Gala on November 15, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
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