“Saturday Night Live” comedian Michael Che signaled Wednesday that he is not among the group of castmates who are angry SpaceX founder Elon Musk is guest hosting the show this weekend.
“Well, I was all on board with it till I found out that, like, did you know he’s rich?” Mr. Che, who hosts the “Weekend Update” sketch on “SNL,” joked on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”
“Now I’m like against it,” he added, laughing. “I wish they would have told me that before!”
Mr. Musk, a centibillionaire and free market proponent who has spoken out against the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns, is set to guest host “SNL” this Saturday, ruffling the feathers of some left-leaning castmates. The Tesla CEO announced his involvement with the show on April 24, tweeting, “Let’s find out just how live Saturday Night Live really is.”
“What the f—- does this even mean?” cast member Bowen Yang responded on Instagram, Deadline reported.
Cast member Aidy Bryant then retweeted a message from Sen. Bernard Sanders, Vermont independent, calling out the “moral obscenity” of the fact that “the 50 wealthiest people in America today own more wealth than the bottom half of our people,” Deadline reported.
Cast member Andrew Dismukes wrote on Instagram, “Only CEO I wanna do a sketch with is Cher-E Oteri.”
Mr. Musk told the New York Post on Wednesday that the apparent backlash was “much ado about nothing” and that everyone on the “SNL” set had been friendly during rehearsals.
Mr. Che said Wednesday that the show is “going to be interesting.”
“It’s cool that people care about who’s on the show, you know?” he told Ms. DeGeneres. “I think that’s what makes it kind of cool. It’s been on for 46 years, and people still care about who’s being booked. I think that’s kind of dope.”
On Monday’s “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” Mr. Che said Mr. Musk‘s involvement with the show is “exciting.”
“Yeah, you know, that’s gonna be exciting, too,” he said. “He’s the richest man in the world. How could you not be excited for that?”