Elon Musk made a surprising announcement during his opening monologue on “Saturday Night Live.” The SpaceX founder confessed that he has Asperger’s Syndrome.
However, while discussing his disorder, Musk claimed that he was “making history” as the first person with Asperger’s to host the series. Yet, Dan Aykroyd, who doctors have diagnosed with Asperger’s, has also hosted “SNL.”
“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.”
After opening up about his diagnosis, Musk acknowledged that he was an odd choice to host. After laying out his vision for the future, the Tesla CEO got candid with the viewers once again.
“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?”
Elon Musk Refers to Cryptic ‘SNL’ Tweet During Monologue
He continued, “Fun fact: O.J. [Simpson] also hosted this show in ’79, and again in ’96,” he said. “Killed both times.” However, Musk was also incorrect: Simpson hosted the long-running sketch show only once in 1979.
The show’s decision to have Musk as one of its final hosts of the season caused an uproar online following the announcement. The backlash on social media was immediate — and Musk’s cryptic tweet at the time didn’t help. “Let’s find out just how live ‘Saturday Night Live’ really is,” adding in devil emoji at the end of the tweet.
During his monologue, Musk addressed the tweet. “One reason I’ve always loved ‘Saturday Night Live’ is because it’s genuinely live,” he said. “We’re actually live right now, which means I can say something truly shocking… like I drive a Prius.”
To conclude his monologue, his mother, Maye Musk, joined her son on stage. For Mother’s Day, she then asked that her son gift her anything but Dogecoin.
Before bringing his mother to the stage, Musk’s monologue followed a tribute from cast members and musical guest Miley Cyrus to their mothers in celebration of Mother’s Day.
Following the monologue, Musk appeared in several sketches. One was centered around people attempting to talk with each other as the pandemic winds down. Musk played a doctor in a sketch about Generation Z, and one where he endorsed the cryptocurrency “Dogecoin.”