Billionaire tech mogul Musk hosting 'Saturday Night Live' creates a what will he say next moment
At least two cast members have publicly raised concerns about a billionaire hosting the sketch comedy show.
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Technology mogul Elon Musk's scheduled guest appearance on "Saturday Night Live" has created some of the biggest buzz – and controversy – in recent years for the show, now in a ratings slump.
Musk is not the first business celebrity to host the show. Others include Steve Forbes and more recently Donald Trump, in 2015 when he was a New York real estate mogul running for president.
Musk has found ways in recent months and years to get on the nerves of just about every part of America – largely with comments on his Twitter feed, which has 52 million followers.
At least two cast members have publicly raised concerns about a billionaire – albeit the CEO of electric car maker Tesla and spaceship maker SpaceX – hosting the show.
After he was named host, cast member Aidy Bryant reposted, then deleted a tweet calling Musk's wealth "a moral obscenity," according to ETonline.
Musk, worth an estimated $177 billion, recently moved his business ventures to Texas from California, which has one of the country’s high tax rates, a move financial experts say could save him billions in income and-or capital gains taxes and critics suggesting is a tax dodge.
Heading out the door, the 49-year-old Musk took a dig at California, where he'd spent his adult life, saying it had a "winning-for-too-long problem" and comparing the state to a dynasty sports team full of "complacency" and "entitlement."
Musk hinting in 2018 about leading a buyout of Tesla resulted in stock market regulators fined him $20 million.
Yet what Musk, who will appear with musical guest Miley Cyrus, might do Saturday night is what is expected to draw many viewers.
His announcement in late April about appearing on the show resulted in a price spike for his meme-based dogecoin cryptocurrency, which has resulted in speculation that any comments on the live show could result in another sharp increase.
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