Elon Musk Addresses Jokes About His Baby’s Name During SNL Hosting Appearance

by Matthew Wilson

Elon Musk held nothing back during his recent “Saturday Night Live” hosting gig, commenting on all aspects of his life. The billionaire and Tesla CEO made plenty of jokes, a few reveals, and not even his one-year-old son was safe.

Musk made a joke during his monologue about his son’s name. Musk and his partner Grimes became the source of internet jokes last summer for their peculiar baby-naming choice. Born on May 4, 2020, Musk named his son X Æ A-Xii. The name caught headlines as people had a few questions. For one, they wondered how Musk navigated California birth certificate laws. The state banned the use of numeric digits in names.

It turned out that Musk convinced the state to make modifications to the laws. Additionally, people wondered how to pronounce the name. Well, the billionaire brought the unusual name up as a joke. And he was on “Saturday Night Live” to set the record straight on how to announce the name. Well, at least joke about it anyways.

“’SNL’ is also a great way to learn something new about the host,” Musk explained. “For example, this is my son’s name… It’s pronounced: ‘Cat running across keyboard.’”

The actual correct pronunciation is “X Ash A Twelve.” At least, that’s what Musk told podcaster Joe Rogan last May. For now, that seems to be the official word on the name and its peculiar spelling.

Elon Musk Reveals He Has Asperger’s Syndrome

Of course, Musk’s monologue wasn’t all jokes either. The Tesla CEO got candid about having Asperger’s Syndrome as well. Musk used the platform to comment on how the public receives him and explain why he sometimes comes across as awkward in public encounters.

“I’m actually making history tonight as the first person with Asperger’s to host ‘SNL.’ Or at least the first to admit it,” Musk quipped. “So, I won’t make a lot of eye contact with the cast tonight. But don’t worry, I’m pretty good at running ‘human’ in emulation mode.”

Of course, nothing Musk does is without controversy. Inadvertently, Musk ended up making former “SNL” cast member Dan Aykroyd trend on Twitter. Internet sleuths quickly began dissecting his every word. It turns out that Akyroyd was actually the first person to host the show, who has Asperger’s. Likewise, Scottish-American singer David Byrne has been a musical guest on the show twice now. He also has the disorder.

But Musk seemed to have a fun time on the show, discussing his public persona.