The coveted slot, usually occupied by British actors like Carey Mulligan or former boy band members like Nick Jonas, is now reserved on May 8 for Tesla CEO and SpaceX chief engineer, Musk.
He’ll be joined by musical guest Miley Cyrus, who in November released her latest album, “Plastic Hearts.”
Musk’s “SNL” hosting endeavor comes as the business mogul’s SpaceX launched its second full-duration mission to the International Space Station when four astronauts strapped into a Crew Dragon capsule took off Friday.
The official Twitter page for “SNL” announced the news in its usual format, a photo of sticky notes with the guest’s name. “SNL” captioned the tweet with three rocket ship emojis.
People were quick to react to the announcement.
“Oh my. It’ll either be really great or totally cringeworthy,” wrote Carolyn Zinko on Twitter.
@FoxxNavarro23 tweeted: “That Elon Musk SNL will be as bad, if not worse, than the trump episode from 2015.”
Josh Gondelman tweeted, “Elon Musk hosting SNL is huge for guys still making ‘that’s what she said’ jokes who think they’d be great at hosting SNL.”
Some peoplethought that Musk hosting “SNL” was a joke.
“Is this a prank?” commented @hayleyreneescott on Instagram.
“SNL” last aired April 10 with host Mulligan of Oscar-nominated “Promising Young Woman” and musical guest Kid Cudi.
Musk is not a stranger to the entertainment world. He’s been dating singer Grimes, real name Claire Boucher, who now goes by “c,” since May 2018. The two welcomed a baby boy last year and named him “X Æ A-Xii.”
Grimes (as she was known then) and Musk made headlines after announcing the birth of their son, and his unusual name, on Twitter in May last year. A day later, Grimes tweeted a full breakdown of the name choice:
“•X, the unknown variable
•Æ, my elven spelling of Ai (love &/or Artificial intelligence)
•A-12 = precursor to SR-17 (our favorite aircraft). No weapons, no defenses, just speed. Great in battle, but non-violent
+ (A=Archangel, my favorite song) (metal rat)”
Contributing: Charles Trepany
Cast member Chris Redd held up a sign that read “R.I.P. DMX” during the end credits of Saturday’s episode, and at another point, a graphic flashed onscreen that read “DMX” next to his photo.
The legendary rapper, whose real name was Earl Simmons, died Friday at age 50 after suffering a heart attack a week prior.
He appeared as musical guest on “SNL” in 2000 on an episode hosted by Julianna Margulies.
DMX performs at the first Video Game Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Dec. 2, 2003, in Las Vegas.
DMX first made a splash in rap music in 1998 with his first studio album “It’s Dark and Hell is Hot,” which debuted No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The multiplatinum-selling album was anchored by several hits including “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem,” “Get At Me Dog” and “Stop Being Greedy.” He earned three Grammy nominations including nods for “Party Up (Up in Here)”.
He also built his career as an actor, appearing in more than a dozen movies and TV shows, including the 1998 film “Belly” and “Romeo Must Die” a few years later with Jet Li and the singer Aaliyah. DMX and Aaliyah teamed up for the film’s soundtrack song “Come Back in One Piece.”
“SNL” also honored Beatts, one of its original writing staff members, with a graphic card showing the writer at work, with text that read “Anne Beatts, 1947-2021.”
The groundbreaking comedy writer, who was on the original staff of “SNL” and later created the cult sitcom “Square Pegs,” died Wednesday at age 74 at her home in West Hollywood, California.
Starting in 1975, she was among a team of gifted writers that included Rosie Shuster, Alan Zweibel, Marilyn Suzanne Miller and cast members such as Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase who helped make “SNL” a phenomenon.
Shuster recalled Beatts, her former writing partner, as “witty” and “good at editing” in an Associated Press interview published Saturday.