“Saturday Night Live” cast members won’t be forced to appear alongside controversial billionaire Elon Musk when he hosts the show, Page Six reported. “Speaking historically, if a cast member has been that unhappy, they don’t have to do it,” said the source.
Apparently, ‘SNL’ boss Lorne Michaels won’t ever make them do anything they don’t want to do. The Tesla founder, 49, is set to helm the NBC institution on May 8 — but some cast members have made it clear that they’re less than enthused by the prospect of having him on stage at Studio 8H.
After Elon Musk tweeted, “Let’s find out just how live Saturday Night Live really is,” cast member Bowen Yang wrote: “What the f–k does this even mean?” Meanwhile, writer Andrew Dismukes posted on Instagram: “Only CEO I want to do a sketch with is Cher-E Oteri,” over a photo of “SNL” alum Cheri Oteri.
Longtime cast member Aidy Bryant shared a message that many perceived to be a dig at Musk too. The “Shrill” star, 33, reposted a tweet by Sen. Bernie Sanders that called it a “moral obscenity” that “the 50 wealthiest people in America today own more wealth than the bottom half of our people.”
As for Michael Che, the “Weekend Update” host, 37, joked to Jimmy Fallon this week that he hopes the billionaire will uphold the “SNL” tradition of hosts giving “a couple million dollars” to each cast member.
Miley Cyrus has also been blasted for signing up to perform on Musk’s episode after some fans claimed online that he’s “destroying the planet” and doesn’t like women. Elon Musk will join the cast for rehearsals at 30 Rock beginning on Tuesday.