Saturday Night Live cast members will not be forced to appear on next weekend’s show along side controversial host Elon Musk amid an outcry over the Tesla CEO being selected to host the show.
After SNL announced on Saturday that Musk will host the May 8 episode, cast members Bowen Yang and Aidy Bryant posted Instagram Stories taking aim at the billionaire.
They are believed to be unhappy that a business tycoon has been chosen to host the show instead of a figure from the arts, although Musk’s outlandish tweets and ambitious projects have made him a pop culture icon.
‘Speaking historically, if a cast member has been that unhappy, they don’t have to do it,’ a source told The New York Post on Friday.
They said that Lorne Michaels, the boss of SNL, ‘won’t ever make them do anything they don’t want to do.’
Several Saturday Night Live cast members have aimed sly digs at Elon Musk in their Instagram stories, expressing annoyance that the Tesla CEO has been selected to host the show
None of the cast members of SNL have yet pulled out of the show due to Musk hosting
No cast members have pulled out of the show yet, the paper said.
Rehearsals will begin on Tuesday.
The source added: ‘Whether you like him or not, Elon is a very interesting character. He’s very much a showman.’
Musk, known for his unique banter on Twitter, tweeted: ‘Let’s find out how live Saturday Night Live really is.’
Yang posted the tweet on Stories with the response ‘what the f*** does this even mean’.
And hours after the hosting announcement, Bryant seemed to aim a subtle shot at Musk, the world’s second richest man, by posting an old quote from Senator Bernie Sanders calling it a ‘moral obscenity’ that the 50 richest people in America own more than the bottom half combined.
Bowen Yang posted Musk’s tweet on Stories with the response ‘what the f*** does this even mean’ after Musk tweeted: ‘Let’s find out how live Saturday Night Live really is’
Aidy Bryant seemed to aim a subtle shot at Musk, the world’s second richest man, by posting an old quote from Senator Bernie Sanders
Andrew Dismukes, who became a featured player this season after serving as a writer since 2017, also joined in, joking ‘Only CEO I wanna do sketch with is Cher-E Oteri’ in reference to a former SNL star.
The snide remarks were made on Stories that disappear after 24 hours, but eagle-eyed fans took screenshots.
Musk’s selection as host is unusual for Saturday Night Live, which typically taps actors, comedians and other entertainers.
In one notable exception, Donald Trump hosted in November 2015, as he was pursuing his presidential bid, in a move that cast members grew to rue and looked back on as ’embarrassing and shameful’.
Musk’s scheduled May 8 appearance on Saturday Night Live builds upon his recent run of success.
Tesla’s stock is worth nearly six times more than it was before the pandemic started, leaving Musk with an estimated fortune of $177 billion, second only to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, according to Forbes.
Andrew Dismukes, who became a featured player this season, also joined in, joking ‘Only CEO I wanna do sketch with is Cher-E Oteri’ in reference to the former SNL star
And his SpaceX recently a launched a mission that sent astronauts to the International Space Station.
SNL doesn’t make a habit of having business executives host its show, but Musk is far from a stuffy corporate type.
He regularly jokes around on Twitter, where he has nearly 52 million followers and has gotten into legal trouble for making disparaging remarks about critics.
He also once hinted that he might lead a buyout of Tesla, with that nugget resulting in Musk being fined $20 million by stock market regulators.
Miley Cyrus will be the musical guest on the night Musk hosts. Fan reaction to Musk’s selection was largely negative, though it is seen as a lucrative move that will likely draw curious viewers.
Though visionary, Musk has become a controversial figure on account of his out of the box business moves and his often ludicrous Twitter antics.
Though a surefire way to get eyeballs on the screen, many fans took issue with the tech wizard hosting, as they felt he didn’t need more exposure as he boasts a net worth of $177B dollars
He has shot himself in the foot on more than one occasion after going off on everything from his Tesla stock pricing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In May 2020 he tweeted: ‘Tesla stock price is too high imo,’ which wiped $14B off the company’s value, as angry people fired back that his statements caused them to lose thousands.
In response to the COVID-19 lockdown he tweeted ‘FREE AMERICA NOW,’ and some began to dub him ‘Elon Mask.’
And the marijuana-toking business mogul jeopardized his business again when he made what he dubbed a joke on the novelty holiday 4/20, writing: ‘Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured.’
That tweet garnered a lawsuit from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and required him to pay a $20M settlement fine, in addition to being forced to step down as chairman of Tesla’s board of directors for three years.