Some “Saturday Night Live” cast members and a writer don’t appear to be welcoming Elon Musk, who is an upcoming host of the NBC sketch TV show. Two “SNL” cast members posted and then deleted seemingly standoffish messages toward the Tesla CEO on social media shortly after Musk was announced as the host for the May 8 episode.
Last month, it was announced that Musk would host “SNL.”
“Weekend Update” host Michael Che did what comedians are supposed to do: make jokes. During an interview with former “SNL” star Jimmy Fallon, Che joked about Musk hosting, “I am excited to meet him, but I don’t know if he knows, usually, we have this tradition at ‘Saturday Night Live,’ it’s customary for the hosts to give like a couple million dollars to the cast members.”
But not everyone was excited to see the billionaire on “Saturday Night Live.”
Let’s find out just how live Saturday Night Live really is 😈
— Elon Musk (@Elon Musk)1619320846.0
The SpaceX founder tweeted, “Let’s find out just how live Saturday Night Live really is,” which received over 215,000 Likes on Twitter.
“SNL” cast member Bowen Yang took a screen capture of Musk’s tweet and replied, “What the f*** does this even mean?”
“SNL” writer Andrew Dismukes reacted on Instagram by saying, “Only CEO I want to do a sketch with is Cher-E Oteri,” a reference to “Saturday Night Live” alum Cheri Oteri.
After the news of one of the richest people on the planet set to host the comedy show, longtime “SNL” cast member Aidy Bryant reposted a tweet by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) that said, “The 50 wealthiest people in America today own more wealth than the bottom half of our people. Let me repeat that, because it is almost too absurd to believe: the 50 wealthiest people in this country own more wealth than some 165 MILLION Americans. That is a moral obscenity.”
Sanders, an avowed socialist, has butted heads with the billionaire Musk in the past. Sanders called out Musk, who has a net worth of $173 billion.
“We are in a moment in American history where