‘Saturday Night Live’, better known as ‘SNL’ has become a staple for funny skits and monologues from famous/”trending” celebrities. In season 46 alone, we’ve seen some fan favourites like Adele, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Timothée Chalamet, Regina King, Regé-Jean Page and Nick Jonas. Now it looks like the comedy series is making a detour from its usual selection of celeb hosts to have Elon Reeve Musk – the founder of SpaceX, CEO of Tesla and father to X Æ A-Xii.
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NBC has announced that the 49-year-old will host on May 8th, with frequent SNL musical guest Miley Cyrus set to also appear. Musk tweeted about his upcoming appearance, joking:
Let’s find out just how live Saturday Night Live really is 😈
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 25, 2021
Following this, reactions have been mixed – when I say mixed, what I mean is 99% negative. Most fans of the show are baffled by the choice. And the comments are… kinda hilarious, ngl.
You know it’s bad when you’re compared to
the Screaming Carrot Donald Trump, who made an appearance in 2015 (one that the show’s own cast members later said they had come to regret).
Just a few hours before SNLs announcement, the Crew Dragon Endeavour publicised the successful docking of their SpaceX craft with the International Space Station, following its launch from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This is not Musks first foray into entertainment or comedy, having previously appeared on ‘South Park,’ ‘The Simpsons’ and ‘Rick and Morty’ as well as in ‘Iron Man 2’. Most recently, however, he’s gained traction for allowing Bitcoin as a mode of payment at Tesla and for the (mis)treatment of his employees.
Yikes, well, we’ll just have to wait and see if he’ll stink or swim (geddit, cause “Musk” HEHE).
*Cover image credits: @elonrmuskk / @nbcsnl