It might not be a warm welcome for Elon Musk on Saturday Night Live. Not only was Musk criticized online when he was announced as a host, but some SNL cast members and staff are not happy with the news either.
The Tesla CEO is slated to host SNL on May 8, with Miley Cyrus as the evening's musical guest.
"Let’s find out just how live Saturday Night Live really is," Musk tweeted with a devil emoji.
The controversial figure — who previously compared stay-at-home orders to "de facto house arrest" towards the beginning of the global pandemic — was not as well-received by the public as other guest hosts this season, which included Adele, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Jason Bateman, Timothée Chalamet, Kristen Wiig, John Krasinski, Dan Levy, Regina King, Regé-Jean Page, Nick Jonas, Maya Rudolph and Daniel Kaluuya.
The 49-year-old also reportedly said he would not get a COVID-19 vaccine; however, he later tweeted: "To be clear, I do support vaccines in general & covid vaccines specifically. The science is unequivocal."
SNL cast member Bowen Yang posted a sad face on his Instagram Story before he shared a screenshot of Musk's announcement tweet to his IG Story and wrote, "What the f**k does that even mean?"
Andrew Dismukes reacted by posting a photo of SNL alum Cheri Oteri to his Instagram Story with the caption, "ONLY CEO I WANT TO DO A SKETCH WITH IS Cher-E Oteri."
Cast member Aidy Bryant subtly commented by posting a tweet from Bernie Sanders, where the former presidential candidate slammed wealth inequality because "the 50 wealthiest people in this country own more wealth than some 165 million Americans," which is a "moral obscenity." The same post was shared by writer Sudi Green, CNBC reported. Musk is the second richest person in the world behind Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, according to Bloomberg.
Cast members were not the only ones to express grievances with the decision. "Idk how much communication you have with [producer] Lorne [Michaels] or the higher ups, but someone needs to tell them that absolutely no one wants this. i can not think of a single person who wants this. and i don't mean miley," one Twitter user responded to the announcement.
"I've watched Saturday Night Live since 1975 and I think this finally did me in. I'm done. Nope," a second fan wrote, while a third questioned: "Can we stop pretending billionaires belong in entertainment on that merit alone???"
Musk will be the first person who is not an actor or an athlete to host SNL since former President Donald Trump's stint in 2015. Steve Forbes and Rudy Giuliani have also guest-hosted the show in the past.
Meanwhile, this will be the sixth time Cyrus will be a musical guest on SNL.