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Elon Musk Is NOT The First SNL Host With Asperger’s

today10 May 2021


Elon Musk has marked his first debut on NBC’s on American late-night live television ‘Saturday Night Live’ (SNL) after much debate on whether or not he should even be hosting in the first place. An entrepreneur and an industrial engineer, Musk is a lot of things but fans of SNL noted that he is not a comedian. However, we think he did a great job!



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Anyway, clad in black and looking sharp, Musk revealed that he has Asperger’s syndrome, making him the first SNL host to be on the spectrum. 




If we backtrack a little to previous years, we will find that Dan Aykroyd, who hosted SNL in May 2003, also has Asperger’s and he credits it in helping him make the hit film ‘Ghostbusters’. 


“I have Asperger’s,”Aykroyd said, “one of my symptoms included being obsessed with ghosts.”


Asperger’s was once considered a “mild” or “high-functioning” form of autism, where people who received an Asperger’s diagnosis tended to experience the behaviours of autism on a smaller scale. Those Asperger’s often exhibit high intelligence to the point where modern psychologists theorise that Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton might have been on the spectrum as well. 


“Look, I know I sometimes say or post strange things, but that’s just how my brain works,” he said. “To anyone I’ve offended, I just want to say, I reinvented electric cars and I’m sending people to Mars in a rocket ship. Did you think I was also going to be a chill, normal dude?”



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Musk also entertained the audience with a joke about his son’s unusual name, which is X Æ A-12. Do you know how to pronounce it? Apparently, Musk pronounces it as ‘cat running across keyboard.’


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Written by: Farah Qistina

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