Elon Musk set to host 'Saturday Night Live' – but not everyone is happy about it

Twitter have been quick to criticise the decision from the long-running comedic show

(FILES) In this file photo Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX, speaks during the Satellite 2020 at the Washington Convention Center on March 9, 2020, in Washington, DC. Tesla began officially accepting bitcoin as currency to purchase electric autos, Chief Executive Elon Musk said on March 24, 2021 a with bitcoin," Musk said on Twitter, implementing a plan announced in February to accept the cryptocurrency as a form of payment.

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Tesla and SpaceX billionaire Elon Musk is set to host Saturday Night Live, with musical guest Miley Cyrus, on May 8.

The news was tweeted out from the show's official account to mixed reviews. The technology billionaire also made the announcement on Twitter to his 51.9 million followers:

In the past, Musk, 49, has appeared in animated shows, such as The Simpsons, Rick and Morty and South Park, he has also made cameos in The Big Bang Theory and Iron Man 2, but he is not known for his acting.

Musk is also one of the few people not from the worlds of entertainment, sports or politics to host the long-running comedy show. After the announcement, news of the hosting choice was met with backlash.

Historically, the billionaire has been criticised for his treatment of employees and his outspoken nature has landed him in trouble.

Fans of the show voiced their disapproval on social media:

While some questioned whether comedy talent is needed to land a SNL hosting gig:

Others suggested Cyrus should do double duty and host and perform on the night:

While others wondered if it was the perfect time for Musk to promote Dogecoin, a type of cryptocurrency that Musk has endorsed in the past.

News of Musk hosting comes on the back of SpaceX successfully docking at International Space Station on Saturday.

It was the third crew sent to the ISS by SpaceX, as part of its multi-billion dollar contract with Nasa; it was the first time the company had reused a rocket, the Falcon 9, and a spacecraft, the Endeavor.

The Crew-2 mission, which includes Thomas Pesquet of France, the first European to go into space in a SpaceX design, blasted off from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida before dawn on Friday morning.


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