will quickly be including one other uncommon title to his résumé: “Saturday Night Live” host.
The chief government of
and Space Exploration Technology Corp., or SpaceX, is scheduled to host NBC’s long-running, late-night comedy present on May 8, the present stated in a Saturday tweet adorned with three rocket emojis.
A businessman is an atypical selection for “SNL” host, however Mr. Musk is an atypical businessman. Tesla not too long ago notified the Securities and Exchange Commission that he was adding the formal title of “Technoking” to his CEO position, and Mr. Musk is known for his prolific tweets providing proclamations, jokes, and occasional assaults on regulators and brief sellers of his inventory.
While internet hosting a comedy sketch present will likely be a departure for Mr. Musk, he has performed the showman for years at his firms’ product occasions, and has loved the entertainment-industry highlight earlier than, with generally unpredictable outcomes. He has appeared a number of occasions on the podcast of Joe Rogan—the comic, tv host and combined martial arts commentator—together with a September 2018 episode through which a video recording appeared to show Mr. Musk smoking marijuana. Shares in Tesla fell after the occasion.
The Tesla chief additionally has made quite a lot of movie and TV cameos, together with “Iron Man 2” and episodes of “The Big Bang Theory,” “South Park” and “The Simpsons.”
Mr. Musk, one of the world’s wealthiest people, has usually drawn consideration for pronouncements that veer from typical CEO language. In January, Mr. Musk joined a chat on the popular audio-discussion app Clubhouse, talking along with his CEO counterpart from Robinhood Markets Inc., because the stock-trading app and different brokers have been grappling with the deluge in demand from retail traders for shares in some firms, together with
Mr. Musk had cheered some of the stock buying that, on the time, harm some brief sellers the Tesla CEO has sparred with.
Some of his eccentric stunts have gotten him in hassle. The Securities and Exchange Commission took difficulty with tweets he made in 2018 saying that he had secured funding to take Tesla non-public. Mr. Musk and the SEC later settled with a deal supposed to restrict his
use, although he has since used the platform to mock the regulator.
“SNL,” which has been airing since 1975, usually faucets the leisure world for its hosts, however it has reached into different realms of celeb earlier than, together with enterprise and politics. Publishing magnate Steve Forbes did the honors in 1996, shortly after giving up his pursuit of the Republican presidential nomination. The late George Steinbrenner, proprietor of the New York Yankees, hosted in 1990, and Ralph Nader, the high-profile shopper crusader, hosted in 1977.
hosted in 2004, when he was early in his tenure on the NBC actuality sequence “The Apprentice,” and once more 2015, when he was vying to be the Republican candidate for the White House.
The musical visitor star for the episode to be hosted by Mr. Musk is scheduled to be Miley Cyrus, who could be making her sixth look on the present, NBC stated.
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