The Tesla CEO made his hosting debut on 8 May, with Miley Cyrus as a musical guest. His monologue marked the first time he publicly discussed having Asperger’s syndrome, a condition which falls within the autism spectrum.
“It’s an honour to be hosting Saturday Night Live. I mean that,” Musk said. “Sometimes after I say something I have to say, ‘I mean that,’ so people really know that I mean it. That’s because I don’t always have a lot of intonational variation in how I speak – which I’m told makes for great comedy.”
He added: “I’m actually making history tonight as the first person with Asperger’s [syndrome] to host SNL. Or at least the first to admit it.”
However, shortly after, viewers began highlighting that this was an incorrect claim.
Musk added that he wouldn’t “make a lot of eye contact with the cast tonight” and joked: “But don’t worry, I’m pretty good at running human in emulation mode.”
Prior to the episode’s start, Musk’s partner, singer-songwriter Grimes, had teased her own appearance on the show, writing in an Instagram post: “Tune into SNL tonight to watch me try acting!”
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