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Kenan Thompson: Pete Davidson’s joke on ‘SNL’ about wounded veteran to be handled internally

Kenan Thompson, the longest-running cast member of “Saturday Night Live,” said the NBC show will handle fellow cast member Pete Davidson’s comments mocking a wounded war veteran running for Congress “internally.”

“I know it’s being handled internally,” Thompson told ABC’s “The View” on Tuesday.

{mosads}”Pete’s a good kid. He has a big heart. He has tragedy in his life with his father passing on 9/11 being a firefighter. I don’t think he goes out to offend people, but unfortunately, that’s what happened in this case so they’re figuring out a way to right that wrong,” Thompson continued. “It’s not our intention to disrespect anyone.”

Thompson previously addressed the controversy a day earlier in an interview with NBC’s Craig Melvin, saying at the time that Davidson’s joke “miss[ed] the mark.”

“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 said Monday.

“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,” he added.

Davidson and “SNL” were called on to apologize this week after the comedian joked about the appearance of Dan Crenshaw, who was injured during his military service and who won the race for the Texas’s 2nd Congressional District on Tuesday.

“You may be surprised to hear that he’s a congressional candidate from Texas and not a hitman in a porno movie,” Davidson said Saturday on the show’s popular “Weekend Update” sketch.

“I’m sorry. I know he lost his eye in war or whatever,” he added.

Davidson has not addressed the controversy publicly.

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