Pete Davidson plays Dog the Bounty Hunter in search of Gabby Petito's fiancé Brian Laundrie on 'Saturday Night Live's' premiere - drawing mixed reactions from viewers

Pete Davidson as Dog the Bounty Hunter in the season 47 premiere episode of "SNL." NBC/Getty Image
In the 47th season premiere, "SNL" made a reference to Gabby Petito.

Pete Davidson was the Dog the Bounty Hunter in the sketch. He was looking for Brian Laundrie.

Some viewers were delighted by his performance, while others found the mention of Laundrie inappropriate.

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Fans online were mixed when "Saturday Night Live' writers made reference to Gabby Petito in the season 47 premiere.

Cast member Pete Davidson wore the costume of Dog the Bounty Hunter in a sketch that was set at a middle school board meeting. Duane Chapman is the reality TV star. He recently joined the search to find Petito's fianc Brian Laundrie. This person of interest is in the case surrounding Petito's 22-year-old death.

Laundrie, 23 years old, was reported missing on September 17th. It was days before authorities found Petito's body at Bridger-Teton National Forest. They ruled her death as a homicide.

"I joined the hunt to find Brian Laundrie. My question is: Do YOU know where he is? "I can't find him anywhere," Davidson says in character.

He continued, "I have no leads on him." He's either good or bad. One of them.

Since Petito's mother reported her missing in September, the case has been extensively covered by media outlets.

NBC's comedy sketch series has been running for years. However, some viewers of "SNL" didn't like the idea of making a joke about Laundrie soon after Petito's passing.

Others praised Davidson's sketch for the school board meeting sketch and requested a regular reprise of the character on season 47.

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Although there were rumors that some of the "SNL" cast members, such as Kate McKinnon and Cecily Strong, would be leaving after the last season ended, most of the cast signed up for season 47. The exceptions to Beck Bennett, who is a repertory player, and Lauren Holt, who are featured players, were confirmed.

Owen Wilson, actor, hosted the premiere season. The comedy sketch series has already announced its next host lineup: Kim Kardashian West and Rami Malek.

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