Elon Musk is set to host May 8th’s episode of Saturday Night Live with musical guest Miley Cyrus. But there seems to be a bit of drama behind the scenes: a few members of the cast have voiced their displeasure.
On April 24, the Tesla CEO tweeted: “Am hosting SNL on May 8”
Am hosting SNL on May 8— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 25, 2021
49-year-old Musk tauntingly confirmed his upcoming appearance tweeting: “Let’s find out just how live ‘Saturday Night Live’ really is.”
Let’s find out just how live Saturday Night Live really is 😈— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 25, 2021
Musk will be the first non-actor or non-athlete to host Saturday Night Live since Donald Trump hosted in 2015, New York Post reports.
Saturday Night Live‘s Bowen Yang thinks that Musk’s social-media memo was a horrible joke, posting on his Instagram Story a screenshot of Musk’s tweet, adding: “What the f— does this even mean.”
Fellow SNL castmate Aidy Bryant also posted on her story after Musk was announced as host, echoing Yang’s concerns about the SpaceX CEO. Per the media outlet, Musk boasts a net worth of approximately $179 billion, making him the third-richest person in the world, according to Forbes’ real-time billionaire billboard. Bryant’s Instagram story was a reposted tweet from Senator Bernie Sanders criticizing the “moral obscenity” that the “50 wealthiest people in America today own more wealth than the bottom half of our people.”
Aidy Bryant and Bowen Yang's posts on their instagram stories after Elon Musk was announced as the next SNL host!!! Even the show's cast hates him!!!!! Why didn't they just give Miley Cyrus double duty as she deserves!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/0Ivu8BUwX6— Georgia👑 (@Georgia39410) April 25, 2021
SNL fans also took to Twitter to share their opinions on Musk’s upcoming appearance:
When Elon Musk hosts SNL they should just sit him down and refuse to let him leave until he pays more taxes, it’d be the most-watched episode in SNL history— Jake Maccoby (@jdmaccoby) April 25, 2021
if I wanted to see a TV show headlined by a tedious executive utterly convinced that he's Better Than Everyone Around Him despite all evidence to the contrary, and who murders people for comically petty reasons, I'd watch SNL Featuring Elon Musk https://t.co/3jrh246tNm— Funny Bat Maxie ✡️🎶☭ (@MaxieSatan) April 27, 2021
I feel for the writers of SNL because Elon Musk has a sketch in his head he’s very proud of and he cannot explain it— Hana Michels (@HanaMichels) April 25, 2021
Elon Musk hosting SNL is huge for guys still making "that's what she said" jokes who think they'd be great at hosting SNL.— Josh Gondelman (@joshgondelman) April 24, 2021
I remember when Elon Musk threatened workers if they unionized. I also remember when I found out he was exploiting children in 3rd world countries. What I won’t remember is him hosting SNL, because I won’t be watching it.— Kolleen (@littlewhitty) April 24, 2021
Elon Musk hosting SNL is the most reckless casting decision they’ve made since Donald Trump.— Keith Edwards (@keithedwards) April 24, 2021
I hate that Elon Musk is hosting SNL because it means a billionaire is taking a gig away from a far more talented millionaire.— Robert Schultz (@_RobertSchultz) April 25, 2021
there are few things in this world that I want to see less than Elon Musk hosting SNL https://t.co/XTr2zXdqht— negaoryx (@negaoryx) April 24, 2021
Guy Who Still Brags About Being Able To Quote All Of Anchorman Thrilled For Elon Musk To Be Hosting SNL— Siobhan Thompson, mysterious European heiress (@vornietom) April 24, 2021
elon musk is incapable of being funny which in and of itself is funny but im sure snl will figure out a way to make it not funny— hyper relevisation (@Eve6) April 24, 2021
lorne michael’s after picking elon musk to host SNL pic.twitter.com/52UgpBtbCo— Sean Yoo (@SeanYoo) April 24, 2021
Besides Musk’s insane amount of wealth and power, people don’t seem to like his Tweets in regards to COVID-19, spreading misinformation and denial. Musk downplayed the Coronavirus, calling panic induced by the outbreak “dumb” at the start of the pandemic. He also wrongly predicted that there would be “close to zero new cases” by the end of last April. That same month, he demanded an end to pandemic closures. He also came under fire for threatening to revoke stock options for Tesla employees if they moved to unionize. The National Labor Relations Board forced him to remove the tweet.
The coronavirus panic is dumb— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 6, 2020
Based on current trends, probably close to zero new cases in US too by end of April— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 19, 2020
Per the media outlet, Musk recently nonchalantly said that a “bunch of people will probably die” during his forthcoming Mars mission.