- “Saturday Night Live” cast members do not have to deal with Elon Musk if they do not want to, says a report.
- But no cast members have been pulled out of the show yet, a source tells Side Six.
- The decision to let Musk host the show next week led to dissatisfaction among some cast members.
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“Saturday Night Live” members do not have to appear alongside Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk if it makes them feel uncomfortable, a source familiar with the matter tells Side Six.
Last week, NBC announced that the tech billionaire would debut on the show on May 8 – a decision that apparently led to dissatisfaction among some of the “SNL”
“Speaking historically, if a cast member has been so unhappy, they don’t have to,” the source said, according to Page Six. “[‘SNL’ boss Lorne Michaels] will never make them do something they will not do. “
But no cast members have been pulled out of the show yet, the source said, adding: “Whether you like him or not, Elon is a very interesting character … He’s a very showman.”
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Musk confirmed his appearance on the show last week, telling his 52 million Twitter followers, “Let’s find out what live Saturday Night Live really is,” along with a purple devil emoji.
But several members of the comedy show posted veiled criticism on social media shortly after the announcement.
Bowen Yang, who joined the show as a staff writer in 2018, posted a wrinkling emoji on his Instagram story around the same time the lineup was announced.
It remains unclear whether Yang’s story was related to the announcement. However, he later responded directly to Musk’s tweet, writing “what the f — does that even mean” on his Instagram story. The comment is no longer on his account.
Aidy Bryant, a repertoire player on the “SNL” list since 2012, also shared a tweet by Senator Bernie Sanders about the “absurd” economic inequality in the United States shortly after the announcement.
Although the tweet itself did not directly mention Musk, it pointed to the “50 richest people in this country.” With a net worth of $ 179.5 billion, Musk is at the top of this list, according to Forbes. Fans have since noted that Bryant removed the retweet.
Musk is expected to host SNL on May 8 with Miley Cyrus as the musical guest.
NBC did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.