Saturday Night Live cast members will not be forced to appear on this weekend’s show alongside controversial presenter Elon Musk amid an outrage over Tesla’s CEO selection to host the show.
After SNL announced Saturday that Musk will host the May 8 episode, cast members Bowen Yang and Aidy Bryant posted Instagram stories targeting the billionaire.
They are believed to be unhappy that a business tycoon has been chosen to host the show rather than an art figure, although Musk’s outlandish tweets and ambitious projects have made him an icon of pop culture.
“ Historically, if a cast member has been that unhappy, they don’t have to do it, ” said a source The New York Post on Friday.
They said Lorne Michaels, the boss of SNL, “will never let them do anything they don’t want to do.”
Several members of the Saturday Night Live cast have pointed sly digs at Elon Musk in their Instagram stories, voicing annoyance that Tesla’s CEO has been selected to host the show.
None of the SNL cast members have pulled out of the show yet due to Musk hosting
No cast members have been withdrawn from the show yet, the paper said.
Rehearsals start on Tuesday.
The source added, ‘Like him or not, Elon is a really interesting character. He is truly a showman. ‘
Musk, known for his unique chatter on Twitter, tweeted, ‘Let’s see what live Saturday Night Live really is.’
Yang posted the tweet on Stories with the response ‘what the f *** does this actually mean’.
And hours after the hosting announcement, Bryant appeared to have 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 replying ‘what the f *** even means’ after Musk tweeted, ‘Let’s see what live Saturday Night Live really is’
Aidy Bryant seemed to aim a subtle shot at Musk, the world’s second richest man, 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, joking “The only CEO I want to sketch with is Cher-E Oteri,” referring to a former SNL star.
The snide comments 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 into actors, comedians, and other entertainers.
In one notable exception, Donald Trump hosted in November 2015, while pursuing his presidential bid, in a move that cast members grew to rue and hailed as “ embarrassing and shameful. ”
Musk’s scheduled appearance on May 8 on Saturday Night Live builds on his recent success.
Tesla’s stock is worth nearly six times more than before the pandemic started, leaving Musk an estimated fortune of $ 177 billion, second 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 launched a mission that sent astronauts to the International Space Station.
SNL doesn’t make a habit of letting company executives host the show, but Musk is far from a stuffy business type.
He regularly jokes on Twitter, where he has nearly 52 million followers and has run into legal trouble for making disparaging comments about critics.
He also once hinted that he could lead a buyout of Tesla, where that nugget would result in a $ 20 million fine on Musk by stock market regulators.
Miley Cyrus will be the musical guest on the night Musk hosts. Fan reaction to Musk’s roster has been largely negative, although it is seen as a lucrative move that is likely to attract curious viewers.
Although visionary, Musk has become a controversial figure for his out-of-the-box business moves and his often-ridiculous Twitter antics.
While it was a surefire way to get eyeballs on the screen, many fans had issues with the tech wizard hosting as they felt it didn’t need more fame as it has a net worth of $ 177 billion.
He has shot himself in the foot more than once after going off on everything from the price of his Tesla stock to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In May 2020 he will have tweeted: “Tesla stock price is too high imo,” wiping out $ 14 billion of the company’s value as angry people fired back that his statements caused them to lose thousands.
In response to the COVID-19 lockdown eh tweeted “FREE AMERICA NOW,” and some began calling him “Elon Mask.”
And the marijuana-smoking business tycoon again put his business in jeopardy when he made what he called a joke on the novelty holiday 4/20, to writeTo: Consider taking Tesla private for $ 420. Financing assured. ‘
That tweet landed a lawsuit from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) demanding that he pay a $ 20 million settlement fine in addition to stepping down as chairman of Tesla’s board of directors for three years.