Elon Musk will host ‘Saturday Night Live’ on May 8

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Tesla’s CEO and chief engineer of SpaceX will host the May 8 edition of “Saturday Night Live,” NBC announced Saturday.

Miley Cyrus will be the musical guest for the show, Variety reported.

The announcement comes a day after Musk’s SpaceX launched four astronauts to the International Space Station in the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft -- marking the company’s second operational crew launch for NASA and its third to date. The astronauts, aboard Endeavor, successfully docked with the International Space Center on Saturday, The New York Times reported.

Musk is an unusual host for the 46-year-old show, which typically taps actors and musicians to host the show. Cyrus, who will be appearing on the show for the sixth time, hosted “SNL” in 2013 and 2015, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner hosted “SNL” in 1990, the Times reported. Brandon Tartikoff was the head of NBC’s entertainment division when he hosted the show in 1983, the newspaper reported.

“SNL” has also featured hosts from the political world, with New York mayors Ed Koch and Rudolph Giuliani and presidential candidates John McCain and Steve Forbes, according to the Times. The show even gave a platform to then-candidate Donald Trump in 2015, the newspaper reported.

Musk, 49, is one of the world’s most visible CEOs and tech entrepreneurs, Variety reported. His fortune was estimated by Forbes at $177 billion.

Musk has previous show business experience. He has appeared on shows like “South Park,” “The Simpsons” and “Rick and Morty” and in films like “Iron Man 2,” the Times reported.


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