Following the announcement that SpaceX founder and famed billionaire Elon Musk will release an upcoming episode of Saturday Night Live, some of the show’s cast members have commented on social media. Last week, it was announced that Musk would host the May 8 episode. Miley Cyrus will also appear in the season 46 episode as the show’s musical guest.
This marks it SNL debut of Elon Musk, but not everyone was thrilled with the announcement. There was a lot of backlash from fans on social media who questioned the choice to hire Musk as a comedy show host. Notable cast member Bowen Yang, an SNL writer who switched to a lead actor in 2019 is also one of those who disapprove of the news, posting his reaction to the news in a recent Instagram story.
“What does this actually mean?” Asks Yang in the post, referring to a recent tweet from Musk stating that he “will find out how live Saturday Night Live is real.
Andrew Dismukes, a newcomer to the SNL cast that debuted in the current season is also apparently unhappy. Dismukes weighed in on the Instagram story, posting an image of former cast member Cheri Oteri next to a post stating that the “ONLY CEO WITH I WANT A SKETCH IS CHER-E OTERI.” Maybe that means counting Dismukes for one of the skits with Musk.
Shortly after the announcement was made that Musk would be hosting SNLcast member Aidy Bryant shared a tweet from Bernie Sanders complaining about the “moral obscenity” of the lack of wealth distribution in the United States. While much more indirectly, a lot SNL fans took this as a subtle jab at the news that a controversial billionaire like Musk would be asked to guest on the show.
While not exactly known for being funny, Musk has made an appearance on several television comedy shows. Along with appearing on The Big Bang Theory, Musk has also lent his voice to the animation shows Rick and Morty, The Simpsons, and South Park. He’s played different versions of himself in all of these special appearances, and it remains to be seen how well he’ll be able to portray various characters from a sketch comedy series.
Some of the other hosts appearing in recent episodes of SNL include Carey Mulligan (with Kid Cudi); Daniel Kaluuya (with St. Vincent); Maya Rudolph (with Jack Harlow); Rege-Jean Page (with Bad Bunny); Regina King (with Nathaniel Rateliff); John Krasinski (with Machine Gun Kelly); Dan Levy (with Phoebe Bridgers); and Nick Jonas, who was both the guest host and the musical guest. Compared to this list of names, Musk certainly stands out, for better or for worse.
For anyone who wants to watch Musk’s episode of Saturday Night Live Featuring Miley Cyrus as a musical guest, it is scheduled to air on NBC on the night of May 8, 2021. NBC has not yet officially commented on the controversy surrounding Musk’s hosting duties. The announcement that Musk will host the show was first revealed by NBC on Twitter.
Subjects: Saturday Night Live