Members of the Saturday Night Live team will not be forced to appear with controversial billionaire Elon Musk when he hosts the show, Page Six said.
“Historically speaking, if one of the cast members was so unhappy, they shouldn’t do it,” a source told us. “[‘SNL’ boss Lorne Michaels] it will never make them do something they don’t want to do. “
The 49-year-old Tesla founder will head NBC on May 8 – but some cast members have made it clear that they are less excited than the prospect of him being on stage at Studio 8H.
After Musk tweeted, “Let’s Find Out How Live Saturday Night Live Is,” cast member Bowen Yang wrote, “What the hell does that even mean?”
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Writer Andrew Dismakes, meanwhile, posted on Instagram: “The only CEO I want to sketch with is Cher-E Oteri,” above a photo of the SNL Scholarship Cherry Oteri.
Longtime cast member Eddie Bryant shared a message that many also see as a moat in Musk. The 33-year-old “Squeaky” star tweeted Senator Bernie Sanders, who called it “moral indecency” that “America’s 50 richest people have more wealth today than the lower half of our nation.”
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As for Michael Che, the 37-year-old Weekend Update host, joked with Jimmy Fallon this week that he hoped the billionaire would follow the SNL tradition of giving hosts “several million dollars” to each member of the cast. composition.
Miley Cyrus was also punished for starring in the Musk episode after some fans said online that he was “destroying the planet” and disliked women.
Musk will join the cast for rehearsals at 30 Rock, starting on Tuesday.
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There are still no cast members who have retired from the show, we were told. The source added: “Whether you like him or not, Elon is a very interesting character … He is a very showman.”
Musk has courted controversy several times over the years.
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In an interview last September, he downplayed the risks of the coronavirus, adding that he would not receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
A SNL representative did not return to us.
This article originally appeared in Page Six.