Musk, who hosted Saturday night’s episode of the late-night sketch comedy series, has come under fire in recent months due to his anti-union sentiments, his online trolling, and spreading misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic.
Although the decision to cast him as host left fans divided, it seems the actors themselves were mostly accepting of the decision.
“They’re like, ‘Oh I can’t believe that Elon Musk is hosting!’ And I’m like, the guy that makes the earth better kinda and makes cool things and sends people to Mars?” he joked.
“I just don’t understand why this is the dude everyone’s so freaked out about,” Davidson later added. “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.”
He also went on “Late Night” earlier this week to share his enthusiasm, saying, “That’s gonna be exciting, too. He’s the richest man in the world, how could you not be excited for that?”
After Musk was announced to host the show, “SNL” writer and entertainer Bowen Yang shared the news with a frowny face emoji on his Instagram Story.
When Musk tweeted, “Let’s find out just how live Saturday Night Live really is,” Yang clapped back almost immediately, writing, “What the f–k does that even mean?”
Even the Slim Jim company got in on the action, commenting, “Why do I feel like you’re planning on breaking the space-time continuum?”
Despite the divided reactions from the cast and crew, Musk later insisted that the alleged controversy was “much ado about nothing” and that everyone was friendly towards him on set.
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