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Elon Musk to host Saturday Night Live - but not everyone is excited

Elon Musk to host Saturday Night Live - but not everyone is excited

Some critics say the Tesla and SpaceX boss was only chosen for the hosting role because he is very rich.

Elon Musk is to host the US comedy show Saturday Night Live in May.

The tech billionaire, boss of carmaker Tesla and aerospace company SpaceX, will be joined by musical guest Miley Cyrus.

The choice was criticised by some who said Musk had no talent for showbiz and was simply chosen because of his wealth.

Deadline.com said he "seems like a left-field choice for a sketch comedy show (but) has shown a quick wit in his online dealings with fans, foes and the like, so may have a few surprises in store".

Variety writer Jenelle Riley said she was "disappointed" with the show's choice, adding: "A host should have some discernible talent other than...being rich?"

Musk will appear on 8 May and joins a long line of stars to host the show in its 46th series.

Others include Adele, Bridgerton's Rege-Jean Page, and Oscar nominees Daniel Kaluuya and Carey Mulligan.

In 2015 Donald Trump, who was a presidential candidate at the time, starred on the show, delivering the monologue in an episode that drew protests because of his campaign rhetoric.

Musk, 49, has previously appeared in TV shows such as The Simpsons, The Big Bang Theory, South Park, and Rick And Morty.

He also had a cameo in the 2010 superhero film Iron Man 2.

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