Comedian, Pete Davidson, will be keeping his feet firmly on the ground after giving up his spot on Jeff Bezos’ upcoming Blue Origin flight into outer space amid his ongoing and very public feud with rapper, Ye.
The 28-year-old ‘Saturday Night Live’ star’s withdrawal from the upcoming space flight comes just three days after it was revealed that he had secured a spot on the space company’s fourth passenger mission.
Davidson was due to embark on his first trip into outer space aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket on March 23, 2022, however, a tweet posted by the space company’s official Twitter account revealed that the trip has been moved to March 29, 2022, and that the comedian will no longer be on board.
The tweet hinted that a scheduling conflict was to blame for Davidson pulling out of the flight, which marks the New Shepard shuttle’s 20th launch, and the fourth with human passengers.
“Blue Origin’s 20th flight of New Shepard has shifted to Tuesday, March 29”, the tweet stated. “Pete Davidson is no longer able to join the NS-20 crew on this mission. We will announce the sixth crew member in the coming days”, Blue Origin’s tweet read.
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The tweet led to a number of responses, including one from actor, Kal Penn, who simply sent a ‘Happy man raising one hand’ emoji, seemingly volunteering to take Davidson’s place.
The comedian was originally announced as one of six passengers set to take part in the NS-20 flight, along with Party America CEO, Marty Allen, philanthropist, and real estate mogul, Marc Hagle, his wife, Sharon Hagle, University of North Carolina professor, Jim Kitchen and Dr. George Nield, President of Commercial Space Technologies.
Davidson was scheduled to be an “honorary guest” (an inclusion designed to build hype) alongside the five paying customers on Blue Origin’s fourth crewed flight. Previous guests included Star Trek actor, William Shatner, GMA anchor and former football star, Michael Strahan, female aviator, Wally Funk, and Blue Origin founder, Jeff Bezos himself.
Blue Origin flights send crews over 60 miles above the surface of the earth on the company’s New Shepard rocket. Participants experience a few minutes of weightlessness before parachuting back down to earth, in a ride that lasts roughly 10 minutes. The rocket is designed to land upright on a landing pad using its engine, while the capsule containing its crew returns to the surface under parachutes.
It is not yet known who will take his place aboard the flight and Davidson is yet to publicly comment on his withdrawal from the mission.
However, the news follows what has been a controversy-filled few days for the actor and his girlfriend, Kim Kardashian, both of whom have come under repeated attack from Ye.
The rapper was handed a temporary suspension from Instagram after he attacked the couple in a series of posts, which parent company Meta said violated its policies on hate speech, harassment, and bullying.
Earlier in the day, West had posted that he was “really concerned” Davidson would get Kardashian “hooked on drugs” and demanded the comedian to apologize to his family.