Elon Musk to host ‘SNL’ next month, but some critics say it’s not funny

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Live from New York is… Elon Musk? Controversial CEO of Tesla Inc. TSLA, + 1.35% and SpaceX will host “Saturday Night Live” on May 8, the venerable sketch comedy show announced over the weekend, with musical guest Miley Cyrus.

The surprise host gig isn’t the first foray into entertainment for Musk, who has appeared as a guest on sitcoms like “The Simpsons,” “Big Bang Theory,” South Park, “and” Rick and Morty, “as well as a huge On-screen cameo in Marvel’s “Iron Man 2.” And while allowing the world’s richest person (according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index) to present “SNL” is a first, the show has already welcomed famous business figures. like Steve Forbes in 1996, George Steinbrenner in 1990 and Donald Trump in 2004 and 2015. “Let’s find out how alive Saturday Night Live really is,” Musk tweeted Saturday, adding a smiling devil emoji, which may have surprised investors and regulators, in the wake of Musk’s long history of running afoul of the Securities and Exchange Commission over his impromptu comments on Twitter, as well as his apparent smoking marijuana on Joe Rogan’s podcast in 2018 that caused him to trigger them. Tesla s will fall. The “SNL” announcement also sparked a bit of a buzz on social media, with many wondering why the NBC show was giving the world’s richest man, who saw his wealth skyrocket during the pandemic, such a platform. featured. In addition to the SEC investigations, Musk has also come under fire for intimidating critics online, allegedly manipulating crypto prices, denying the severity of the coronavirus pandemic, and rejecting government lockdowns, while Tesla faces multiple federal investigations. about collisions of your vehicles and if your autopilot feature was in use at the time of them. Tesla reports first-quarter earnings after the bell on Monday, and the electric vehicle maker is expected to post a seventh straight quarter of earnings. Musk’s other company, SpaceX, successfully docked a Dragon capsule with the International Space Station on Saturday, transporting a relief team of astronauts. Shares of Tesla are up just 3.4% so far this year, but they have risen more than 400% in the last 12 months.