Elon Musk took on hosting duties for the latest episode of Saturday Night Live, declaring as he took the stage that he is the first person with Asperger’s Syndrome to host the variety sketch series.
“Or at least the first to admit it,” he said. Multiple outlets subsequently noted that Dan Aykroyd, who is known to have Asperger’s, hosted before Musk.
During his monologue, the controversial Tesla CEO and SpaceX leader said, “It’s an honor to be hosting Saturday Night Live,” adding that he means it. “Sometimes after I say something, I have to say, “I mean that,” explained Musk, due to the fact that there is often not a lot of variation in tone in his speaking voice.
Musk went on to talk about how he believes in a “renewable energy future” and that humanity can be multi-planetary. He also made fun of himself, joking that sometimes people are reduced to “the dumbest thing” they ever did, giving the example of the time he smoked weed on Joe Rogan’s podcast. “It’s like reducing O.J. Simpson to ‘murderer,’ said Musk. “It was one time.”
Speaking again about himself, the host acknowledged that he is misunderstood. “I know I sometimes say or post strange things, but that’s just how my brain works. To anyone I’ve offended, I just want to say, I reinvented electric cars and I’m sending people to Mars in a rocket ship. Did you think I was also going to be a chill normal dude?”
Toward the end of Musk’s monologue, he praised the fact that SNL is truly live, and that he could say anything, even something shocking. “I drive a Prius,” he said with a laugh. Musk also brought his mother on stage, and the two recalled the time that Musk made a video game about space when he was a child. “And I’m excited about my mothers day gift,” she said. “I hope it’s not Dogecoin.”
The appointment of Musk, who is, according to Forbes, the third richest person in the world, was unusual given that SNL hosts are typically actors or musicians, and occasionally, athletes.
Prior to the episode airing, comedian Sarah Cooper tweeted, “I hate the fact that elon musk is hosting SNL and I hate even more the fact that there’s literally no way I won’t watch it.” Meanwhile, Conan O’Brien tweeted, “Billionaires actually make great SNL hosts. Go back and watch the John D. Rockefeller episode.”
In the early months of the novel coronavirus pandemic, Musk was vocal on social media about how the outbreak was being handled. In March of 2020, he tweeted, “This coronavirus panic is dumb.” He also raised concerns about the accuracy of testing processes. He contracted symptoms months later, describing his situation on Twitter as most likely a “moderate” case of COVID-19 with symptoms similar to “that of a minor cold.”
Coming up on the variety sketch series next week, Keegan-Michael Key will host with musical guest Olivia Rodrigo. Season 46 will then wrap with the May 22 episode hosted by The Queen’s Gambit star Anya Taylor-Joy, with musical guest Lil Nas X.
This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.