With Elon Musk slated to appear on NBC's “Saturday Night Live” on May 8, the controversial Tesla CEO didn’t hesitate to take what appeared to be a shot at the show, while cast members publicly sounded off about the multi-billionaire being selected to serve as host.

On Saturday, Musk announced on Twitter that he was hosting "SNL," sending a followup tweet that read, “Let’s find out just how live 'Saturday Night Live' really is." The post was punctuated with a devil emoji.

 

 

This caught the attention of one cast member, Bowen Yang, who posted a frowning face in an Instagram story. He then followed that up with post that read, “What the [expletive] does that even mean?,” according to The Wrap as reported by CNBC. The post has since been deleted.

Musk has come under fire for his outspoken opinions on a number of topics, including his recent views on COVID-19, which have struck a chord with many.

Musk has flopped his thoughts on the pandemic – the vaccine in particular. In September 2020, he told The New York Times that he and his family would not get the COVID vaccine.

“I’m not at risk for COVID, nor are my kids,” he said at the time.

Then in April, he posted on Twitter that supports “vaccines in general & covid vaccines specifically,” saying that “The science is unequivocal.”

 

 

Musk, who has over 52.1 million followers on Twitter, uses the platform as his sounding board and has a fan base that strongly reacts to his posts. This year alone, Twitter posts from the entrepreneur, who has a net worth of over $189 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, have sent GameStop, Etsy, Shopify, and Cyberpunk’s CD Projekt shares soaring.

But some cast members at "SNL" seem unsure of the CEO’s upcoming appearance on the show.

Andrew Dismukes said in an Instagram story, “ONLY CEO I WANT TO DO A SKTECK WITH IS Cher-E-Oteri,” CNBC said. The caption ran over a magazine cover-like photo of the former "SNL" cast member Cheri Oteri, according to the news outlet. The post has since been deleted.

In another post, Aidy Bryant wrote in an Instagram story a tweet from Sen. Bernie Sanders that read, “The 50 wealthiest people in America today own more wealth than the bottom half of our people. ... That is a moral obscenity,” The Bustle reported (via CNBC) This post was also deleted.

"SNL "writer Sudi Green shared the same Sanders post, according to CNBC.

Musk is the second wealthiest person in the world, trailing only Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

While "SNL" has traditionally reserved its host spots for celebrity types, this is not the first time that a corporate mogul has taken the stage. Donald Trump and Steve Forbes have both made appearances as hosts on the long-running late-night show.

Bitcoin prices rose as Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the automaker officially began accepting the cryptocurrency as payment Bitcoin prices rose as Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the automaker officially began accepting the cryptocurrency as payment Photo: POOL / Britta Pedersen