Elon Musk will be joined by musical guest Miley Cyrus on May 8, 2021
Saturday Night Live has been getting major props for their list of guest hosts this year like Dan Levy, John Krasinski, Regina King, and Regé-Jean Page, but the recent announcement that Tesla CEO and all around question mark Elon Musk will be hosting the show has many scratching their heads.
Musk, the CEO of electric carmaker Tesla and chief engineer of SpaceX, an aerospace manufacturer (oh and one of the richest people on the planet) has been announced as the guest host for SNL’s May 8, 2021 show with the cheeky tagline, “Musk See TV.” Typically, the show is hosted by comedians, actors, and athletes, so this is an odd choice for the show. Miley Cyrus will be joining Musk as musical guest.
— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) April 24, 2021
When Musk isn’t running companies or downplaying a global pandemic or giving his baby bizarre names, he is a sometimes-TV actor. He made a cameo in Marvel’s Iron Man 2 and made guest appearances on the CBS shows Young Sheldon and The Big Bang Theory. He also lent his voice to an episode of The Simpsons and in several episodes of South Park in the past.
Still, the choice to book Elon Musk on SNL has left many with a bad taste in their mouthes:
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
Having Elon Musk host SNL seriously feels like the show's biggest misstep since having Trump host
— Joshua Benton (@jbenton) April 25, 2021
Please just let Miley do double duty pic.twitter.com/MaRJJkDm4s— Jillian Sederholm (@JillianSed) April 24, 2021
— Judy Gold (@JewdyGold) April 24, 2021
new snl elon musk
lineup !! pic.twitter.com/zqYeEmEjbQ
— jay★ (@MOFFCTS) April 24, 2021
It’s not the first time the show’s included people outside the entertainment realm. In the past, they’ve included New York mayors Ed Koch and Rudolph Giuliani and presidential hopefuls like Steve Forbes and John McCain. In 2015, they also allowed Trump to come on several times, a move they now likely deeply regret. It’s also not just that Musk isn’t “in” entertainment, there’s just something about him that makes you say, ehhhhhhh.
In addition to the SNL announcement, Musk has recently made headlines for his plan to allow bitcoin as a payment method for Tesla and because the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it’s looking into nearly two dozen crashes involving vehicles that were usingTesla’s Autopilot technology, some of which were fatal.
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
People who are mad about Elon Musk hosting SNL need to understand that hosting SNL is *not* an endorsement, for example Adolf Hitler hosted SNL in 1938
— pixelatedboat aka “mr tweets” (@pixelatedboat) 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
It remains to be seen if Musk can hold his own next to the comedic genius that is Bowen Yang or Kate McKinnon. For his part, it looks like Yang isn’t thrilled with the decision either. After the announcement, Musk wrote on social, “Let’s find out just how live Saturday Night Live really is,” and Yang weighed in on Instagram, writing, “What the fuck does this even mean?”
I guess the good news about the show announcing its guest hosts in advance is that people can decide now if they wish to tune in or give the show a hard pass for the week (or tune in to see if he bombs).
Who wants to see Elon Musk host SNL, show of hands?
NO ONE IS RAISING THEIR HAND
SOME PEOPLE ARE CUTTING OFF THEIR HANDS
WHY IS THIS HAPPENING?????????
— Doug Benson’s on Cameo, Patreon and drugs (@DougBenson) April 24, 2021
I’m thinking no matter how he does, the head writers will have a lot of material to pull from that week.