Elon Musk – the controversial CEO of Tesla Motors – is scheduled to host long-running US comedy program Saturday Night Live this coming weekend.
The role, which involves delivering an opening monologue and performing in sketches alongside the cast, has historically been filled by established comedians or musicians. Former hosts include Danny DeVito, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Tom Hanks, Jonah Hill, Bill Murray, Paul Simon, and Justin Timberlake.
However, producers for the show faced a fierce backlash in 2015 when then-presidential candidate Donald Trump was chosen to present the program. The recent decision to cast Musk has attracted similar controversy, with multiple cast members – including Bowen Yang and Andrew Dismukes – speaking out against the recruitment.
Meanwhile – in a more veiled expression of disapproval immediately following the announcement – Aidy Bryant shared a Bernie Sanders tweet describing America's growing wealth gap as a "moral obscenity," presumably in reference to Mr Musk's near-$200 billion net worth and history of contentious business practices.
In Australia the episode will be available a week after its 'live' broadcast across the Pacific, airing at 4:00am on 15 May 2021, on Foxtel One.