Kenan Thompson says Pete Davidson SNL bit 'missed the mark'
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Kenan Thompson says his fellow "Saturday Night Live" castmate Pete Davidson "missed the mark" with a controversial joke on the show about a wounded veteran running for a House seat.

Thompson said Davidson's quip "definitely" seemed to cross the line during a Monday interview on "Today" to promote his upcoming movie, "The Grinch."
 
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"You know my father's a veteran, Vietnam, and I personally would never necessarily go there, but it's tough when you're fishing for jokes," Thompson told NBC News's Craig Melvin.
 
"That's how stand-ups feel, like there's no real filters out there in the world when they try to go for a great joke or whatever. You know we try to respect that, but at the same time, when you miss the mark, you're offending people," Thompson, 40, said.
 
Davidson made headlines and faced widespread backlash over the weekend when he compared GOP candidate Dan Crenshaw, who's running in Texas's 2nd Congressional District, to a "hitman in a porn movie" for sporting an eye patch. Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL, has worn the patch since losing an eye in combat while serving in Afghanistan. 

"You may be surprised to hear that he's a congressional candidate from Texas and not a hitman in a porno movie," Davidson said on the the "Weekend Update" segment on NBC's long-running sketch comedy show. "I'm sorry. I know he lost his eye in war or whatever," Davidson added.

"He definitely missed the mark," Thompson said Monday of the remark. "And I think he was more so commenting on the fact that the joke maybe didn't land as hard as he wanted to, as opposed to being like, 'I don't care about veterans.'"

"I think Pete's a very humble dude, he's got a big heart, I don't think he goes out to offend people," Thompson said of Davidson.
 
The 24-year-old comic's father was a New York City firefighter who died while responding to the Sep. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.
 
"Stand-ups are very — they're the ones that help us laugh through the most awful things in the first place," Thompson said. "So they're always fishing in weird places. That was an unfortunate outcome."