Elon Musk will host this week’s episode of Saturday Night Live. No one is looking forward to it, but I imagine people will tune in to see the trainwreck. There’s this thing in American culture where we believe that rich people are brilliant or interesting, like they have to be special in all ways to have gotten so rich. When the reality is, a lot of rich, successful people are social morons or complete idiots when it comes to everything other than their specific field. This is the case with Elon Musk – he’s an idiot who tries to be cool online and he’s really just a guy who started out on third base and thinks he hit a triple. He’s also kind of anti-mask, anti-vaxx and anti-union, on top of everything else. So… yeah, as it turns out, not even SNL cast members are looking forward to this week.
“Saturday Night Live” cast members won’t be forced to appear alongside controversial billionaire Elon Musk when he hosts the show, Page Six is told.
“Speaking historically, if a cast member has been that unhappy, they don’t have to do it,” a source told us. “[‘SNL’ boss Lorne Michaels] won’t ever make them do anything they don’t want to do.”
The Tesla founder, 49, is set to helm the NBC institution on May 8 — but some cast members have made it clear that they’re less than enthused by the prospect of having him on stage at Studio 8H. After Musk tweeted, “Let’s find out just how live Saturday Night Live really is,” cast member Bowen Yang wrote: “What the f–k does this even mean?”
Meanwhile, writer Andrew Dismukes posted on Instagram: “Only CEO I want to do a sketch with is Cher-E Oteri,” over a photo of “SNL” alum Cheri Oteri. Longtime cast member Aidy Bryant shared a message that many perceived to be a dig at Musk too. The “Shrill” star, 33, reposted a tweet by Sen. Bernie Sanders that called it a “moral obscenity” that “the 50 wealthiest people in America today own more wealth than the bottom half of our people.”
As for Michael Che, the “Weekend Update” host, 37, joked to Jimmy Fallon this week that he hopes the billionaire will uphold the “SNL” tradition of hosts giving “a couple million dollars” to each cast member. Miley Cyrus has also been blasted for signing up to perform on Musk’s episode after some fans claimed online that he’s “destroying the planet” and doesn’t like women.
No cast members have pulled out of the show yet, we’re told. The source added: “Whether you like him or not, Elon is a very interesting character. … He’s very much a showman.”
[From Page Six]
Instead of forcing Elon Musk to do skits, they should just devote the entire show to Bowen Yang being interviewed about what went down with Elon during the week. I bet that would be a million times funnier than whatever Elon tries to do. As for the idea that some cast members or writers might skip this show, sources told The Wrap that as of this moment, no one is sitting out this episode, but sources confirm that Lorne Michaels is fine if anyone wants to skip. I don’t know, maybe Lorne should just stop stunt-casting douchebags as guest hosts?
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