Elon Musk hosted the May 8 episode of Saturday Night Live with Miley Cyrus as the musical guest

By Maria Pasquini
May 09, 2021 12:11 AM
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Live from New York, it's Elon Musk.

The Tesla CEO and founder of SpaceX, 49, showcased his sense of humor while making his Saturday Night Live hosting debut, during which he was joined by his mother, model Maye Musk and Grimes, who is the mother of their son X Æ A-Xii.

"It's an honor to be hosting Saturday Night Live, I mean that. Sometimes after I say something, I have to say I mean that so people really know I mean it. That's because I've always had a lot of intonational variation when I speak, which I've been told makes for great comedy," Musk said. "I'm actually making history tonight as the first person with Asperger's to host SNL. Or at least the first to admit it."

Later in his monologue, he shared how his "vision for the future" includes "renewable energy and humanity must become a multi-planetary space bearing civilization," also poking fun at his previous tweets, joking about how his son's name is pronounced like a "cat running across the keyboard" and pointing out that he "reinvented electric cars and is sending people to Mars on a rocket ship."

Grimes, 33, appeared in a Super Mario-themed sketch, for which she portrayed Princess Peach while Musk played Wario.

For the Musk-hosted episode, NBC aired SNL via a global YouTube livestream for the first time to allow international fans the opportunity to watch at the same time as U.S. audiences.

For many, Musk was a surprising choice of host for SNL, which typically taps comedians, actors and musicians for the role.

His controversial takes on the COVID-19 pandemic and anti-union sentiments caused many to denounce the decision. Several SNL cast members also appeared to react to the hosting announcement unfavorably, with Bowen Yang previously sharing a frowning face on his Instagram Story as news of Musk's hosting gig was announced.

On her own Instagram Story, Aidy Bryant shared a tweet from Sen. Bernie Sanders about income inequality that fans took to be a reference to Musk. In an interview with USA Today, though, Bryant called the issue "overblown."

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Ahead of the show, Pete Davidson said he didn't "understand" the controversy surrounding Musk's hosting gig. "I was like, 'What did he do? He's just like, a really wealthy businessman that makes, like, nerd s---.' I don't know. He's really nice. I'm excited," Davidson told The Breakfast Club on Thursday.

Asked whether any of the cast members are upset about the choice, Davidson, 27, said, "Nobody that I f--- with."

The Hit Job podcast star added, "Everybody's kind of been like, 'Yo, who's the guy that's so pissed off?' 'Cause we're on a group text, so we're all just like, 'I don't know.' "

Michael Che recently appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and said Musk's hosting role is "going to be interesting."

The That Damn Michael Che star, 37, added, "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."