“Saturday Night Live” will have an even larger-than-normal audience as the NBC show will be live-streamed around the world for the first time.
It’s an auspicious episode to do this for the long-time Saturday night variety show staple. Entrepreneur and businessman Elon Musk hosts the episode airing on May 8. The show’s musical guest will be Miley Cyrus.
Hours before the show’s 11:35 p.m. Eastern time start, Musk tweeted the news out to his millions of followers on Twitter.
NBC Universal Celebrates ‘Saturday Night Live’ Going Live Around The World
In a statement, Frances Berwick of NBC Universal said, “‘SNL’ is a global phenomenon and this live stream marks the first time audiences around the world will experience the show simultaneously along with the US.
“It’s incredibly exciting to create this worldwide event with host Elon Musk and musical guest Miley Cyrus,” the statement said according to The Hollywood Reporter. “We thank our international partners and YouTube for helping us make it happen.”
Musk, who is CEO of Tesla Motors, has been making headlines not only for his cars. He’s been active with his SpaceX program and continues being an online tease for dogecoin, a cryptocurrency.
This will be Cyrus’ sixth appearance as a musical act on the show. She previously hosted “Saturday Night Live” in 2013 and 2015, respectively.
Show Cast Members Express Displeasure With Musk As Host
Not everyone associated with the NBC show, though, is on board with Musk hosting.
After Musk tweeted out on April 24, “Let’s find out just how live Saturday Night Live really is,” cast member Bowen Yang had his own response. In his Instagram stories, Yang wrote, “What the f**k does that even mean?”
“Saturday Night Live” co-star Andrew Dismukes also took to Instagram’s stories and wrote, “Only CEO I wanna do sketch with is Cher-E Oteri.” He references former SNL star Cheri Oteri in a cryptic way.
This also will mark the first time for the show to actually be done live since April 10.
The show is currently in its 46th season on NBC under the watchful eyes of executive producer Lorne Michaels. Usually, hosts for “Saturday Night Live” either are actors, comedians, or musicians. It’s truly rare to have someone like Musk be a host.
On Saturday night, he’ll either be a hit or a miss for Michaels’ show. One thing is guaranteed. Anyone who turns on their TV around the world and sees Musk hosting will have an opinion about it. “Saturday Night Live” will be, in some countries, “Sunday Morning Live” instead.