Kanye West’s Mental Health Issues Banned On ‘SNL’, Says Chris Redd
While Kanye West’s ongoing personal life drama is the kind of material that Saturday Night Live would tackle with aplomb, star Chris Redd vowed not to mock the rapper’s mental health issues on the show.
In recent weeks, West, 44, has made headlines for his numerous Instagram posts targeting his ex-wife, Kim Kardashian, and her partner, Pete Davidson, who he called “Skete.”
TV personality Trevor Noah weighed in on the drama this week on daily broadcast, accusing West of “harassing” Kardashian, 41. West responded by sharing a racist message, resulting in his 24-hour suspension from Instagram for violating the platform’s policies on hate speech, bullying and harassment.
But Redd, 36, who co-stars with Davidson, 28, on Saturday Night Liveinsisted that while he’s eager to address some of the topics on his NBC comedy sketch show, West’s bipolar disorder will never be part of his material.
Appear on SiriusXM The Jess Cagle ShowRedd—who impersonated West on Saturday Night Live and, like the musician, grew up in Chicago—says, per People“When it comes to Ye, I always think I’m going to laugh.
“I was brought up joking. You clown, you clown. That’s kind of how we got there. We come from the same place. We know the same people, but at the same time there’s a serious layer to this situation which I’m not going to make fun of.
“I don’t make fun of his mental health. You know, I have mental health issues myself. So I’m very aware of those things.
“And I never come from this place to laugh at that in particular. His irresponsibility is what I laugh at and his ego, but it’s never those things.”
Recently, West unveiled the “Eazy” music video, which depicts him removing and burying a clay likeness of Davidson.
West raps on the track, “God saved me from this accident / Just so I could beat Pete Davidson’s ass.”
Addressing how his friend Davidson was targeted and how that would affect how things would be approached from a comedic angle, Redd said: “It’s better not to like putting your friend in a weird situation by antagonizing a situation more than necessary.
“But I’m really sick of sitting on these jokes. So I hope they get it soon. Because I have nothing to do with any of this.”
Still, Redd wished both men the best, saying in his interview: “I think Pete is handling the situation well and you know he’s starting to talk again, and he’s handling it well.
“You always want to make sure on both sides, even though Ye and I are not friends, I also want the best for this guy. I’m still a fan of his music, you know?”
“Hopefully he learns how to deal with this, so they can get on with their lives,” Redd said. “But yeah, it’s not interesting for me to stir the pot on something that’s just unhealthy, you know?”
Kardashian filed for divorce from West in February 2021 and was declared legally single last month. She recently hit back at West in an Instagram post for his “constant attacks on me in interviews and on social media.”
“Divorce is hard enough for our children and Kanye’s obsession with trying to control and manipulate our situation in such a negative and public way only causes more pain for everyone,” she said.
In February, West shared screenshots of text messages from Kardashian, who warned her that her conduct on social media was creating a “dangerous and frightening environment” for her and Davidson.
“Someone is going to hurt Pete and it will all be your fault,” Kardashian wrote.
Captioning the post, West wrote, “At the request of my wife, please no one does anything physical to Skete. I will handle the situation myself.”
West then apologized for “harassing” Kardashian, writing on Instagram, “I’m working on my communication. I can benefit from a team of creative professionals, organizers, mobilizers and community leaders. Thank you all to support me.
“I know sharing screenshots was shocking and seemed to harass Kim. I take responsibility. I’m always learning in real time. I don’t have all the answers. Being a good leader is being a good listener.”