Elon Musk Has Comedian Dave Chappelle Come to His Defense Over ‘SNL’ Hosting Gig

by Matthew Wilson

Elon Musk has a couple of defenders in his corner over his “Saturday Night Live” hosting gig. And the billionaire can count comedian Dave Chappelle among friends.

Musk proved to be a controversial host for the longest-running sketch show. Two of its cast members Bowen Yang and Andrew Dismukes were critical of the host before his appearance. But Musk’s actual appearance proved to be less controversial than the build-up.

Prior to the episode, Chappelle appeared on Joe Rogan’s podcast to discuss “Saturday Night Live” and to defend Musk.

“Like you said, no one can be woke enough,” Chappelle said on “The Joe Rogan Experience.” “I’m torn. Because I like a warrior for a good cause, but I’m really into tactics. You’re not gonna nag people into behaving…In fact, if you continue with this tone, even if you’re right, you’ll be very hard to hear.”

In Chappelle’s opinion, Musk was “incredibly kind.” But that didn’t stop the actor from accidentally hurting his feelings.

“I teased him about being the richest man on earth, and he took it with good humor,” Chappelle recalled of meeting the CEO. “What’s funny, I had hung out with him years ago, after I quit ‘Chappelle’s Show’…we hung out on a tour bus, and he says to me that night…‘I met you before.’ I’m like, ‘Well, I have no recollection.’ He looked kinda hurt.”

Elon Musk Opens Up About Asperger Syndrome

Elon Musk got real during his “Saturday Night Live” monologue. He discussed his thoughts on the public’s reaction to him. He admitted he probably wasn’t the most conventional choice for host. Musk also revealed that he had Asperger Syndrome.

“So, I won’t make a lot of eye contact with the cast tonight,” Musk joked. “But don’t worry, I’m pretty good at running ‘human’ in emulation mode.”

Musk discussed his vision for the future. As the face of both Tesla and SpaceX, Musk is looking to bring about the world of tomorrow. Think “The Jetsons” with fewer flying cars. But the billionaire got candid about his Asperger Syndrome as well.

“I know I sometimes say or post strange things [on the Internet], but that’s just how my brain works,” he explained. “To anyone I have offended, I just want to say, I reinvented electric cars and I’m sending people to Mars in a rocket ship. Did you think I was also going to be a chill, normal dude?”