"The show's on 46 years and people still care about who's being booked. I think that's kind of dope," Michael Che said

By Nicholas Rice
May 05, 2021 10:24 AM
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Michael Che and Ellen DeGeneres
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The show must go on.

While appearing virtually on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday, 37-year-old comedian Michael Che shared his thoughts about the choice to have Elon Musk host Saturday Night Live.

When asked by Ellen DeGeneres how he thinks the episode — set to air this weekend — is going to go, Che joked, "Well, I was all on board for it 'til I found out, like, did you know he's rich? ... Now I'm, like, against it."

"I wish they would've told me that before," the "Weekend Update" co-anchor joked, before he added, "It's going to be interesting ... It's cool that people care about who's on the show, you know? I think, like, that's what makes it kind of cool."

"The show's on 46 years and people still care about who's being booked," he said. "I think that's kind of dope."

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Michael Che (left) and Elon Musk
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It was announced that Musk, 49, will make his SNL hosting debut last month alongside Miley Cyrus, who will appear as the musical guest.

It will be the "Wrecking Ball" singer's sixth musical appearance on the late-night comedy sketch series.

The Tesla CEO is a surprise choice for the SNL hosting gig, which is typically a spot filled by comedians and actors rather than business moguls. Previous hosts this season included Nick JonasMaya RudolphChris RockIssa RaeDave ChappelleJason BatemanTimothée Chalamet and Kristen Wiig.

Alongside Che, the series stars Beck Bennett, Aidy BryantPete Davidson, Mikey Day, Heidi Gardner, Colin JostKate McKinnon, Alex Moffat, Kyle Mooney, Chris Redd, Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson and Melissa Villaseñor as full-time cast members. Chloe Fineman, Ego Nwodim and Bowen Yang are also featured players.

Saturday Night Live will return on May 8 and air live at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC.