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Elon Musk to host ‘Saturday Night Live’

LOS ANGELES: Tesla CEO Elon Musk is set to host an episode of  the “Saturday Night Live” with musical guest Miley Cyrus.

The technology mogul is going to host the iconic TV show. Musk’s scheduled May 8 appearance builds upon his recent run of success of the multi-billionaire.

The news comes on the heels of Musk’s SpaceX travel venture launching its second operational flight of its Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station. His fortune is estimated by Forbes at $177 billion.

Musk is a rare example of a business mogul to be featured as host of the late-night show.  New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner hosted ‘SNL’ in 1990.

Musk has become one of the most talked-about business leaders of the past decade with his moves in the electric car arena with Tesla. He has also been a champion of the plan to ultimately develop a market for space tourism with SpaceX.

The episode will mark Cyrus’ sixth visit to “SNL” as musical guest. The 28-year-old pop singer previously appeared on the show in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018, and 2020.Her most recent album ‘Plastic Hearts’ was released last November.

SNL rarely strays from its usual practice of fielding actors with films to promote.  Musk has previously appeared on ‘The Simpsons’ and ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and had a cameo in ‘Iron Man 2’.

Musk is far from a stuffy corporate type and regularly jokes around on Twitter, where he has nearly 52 million followers which has gotten into legal trouble for making disparaging remarks about critics.

The ongoing SNL season will always be remembered for its line of impressive hosts, including Academy Award nominees Carey Mulligan and Daniel Kaluuya, ‘One Night in Miami’ director Regina King, ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Emmy winner Dan Levy, and actor and filmmaker John Krasinski.