“Saturday Night Live” cast members will not be forced to show up alongside controversial billionaire Elon Musk when he hosts the show, Page Six is told.
“When we talk historically, if a cast member has been so unhappy, they don’t have to,” a source told us. “[‘SNL’ boss Lorne Michaels] will never make them do something they will not do. “
The Tesla founder, 49, is set to headline the NBC Institution on May 8 – but some cast members have made it clear they are less than thrilled at the prospect of having him on stage in Studio 8H.
After Musk tweeted, “Let’s find out how live Saturday Night Live really is,”
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Meanwhile, author Andrew Dismukes wrote on Instagram: “The only CEO I want to make a sketch with is Cher-E Oteri,” over a photo of “SNL” alum Cheri Oteri.
Perennial cast member Aidy Bryant shared a message that many also perceived themselves as a grave in Musk. The “Shrill” star, 33, retweeted a tweet by Senator Bernie Sanders calling it a “moral obscenity” that “the 50 richest people in America today own more wealth than the lower half of our people.”
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As for Michael Che, the “Weekend Update” host, 37, joked with Jimmy Fallon this week that he hopes the billionaire will maintain the “SNL” tradition of hosts giving “a few million dollars” to each cast member.
Miley Cyrus has also been blown up for signing up for Musk’s episode after some fans claimed online that he “destroys the planet” and dislikes women.
Musk joins the cast for rehearsals at 30 Rock, starting Tuesday.
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No cast members have been pulled out of the show yet, we are told. The source added: “Whether you like him or not, Elon is a very interesting character … He’s a very showman.”
Musk has had several controversies several times over the years.
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In an interview last September, he downplayed the risk of coronavirus and added that he is not getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
An “SNL” rep did not come back to us.
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