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Elon Musk's 'SNL' hosting gig is not the first time business leaders have appeared
Joe Piscopo on backlash from Elon Musk hosting ‘SNL’: It went against what’s ‘woke’
Former ‘Saturday Night Live’ cast member Joe Piscopo on the show getting backlash for having Elon Musk as a host.
Ahead of Elon Musk’s controversial hosting gig on "Saturday Night Live," many are wondering why the show is breaking from its usual method of selecting hosts by tapping the billionaire founder of Tesla and SpaceX.
Musk will join Miley Cyrus, the night's musical guest, amid rumors some cast members are upset at the prospect of the world's third-richest person with a net worth of $166 billion, beating out celebrities and other pop culture figures.
However, Musk is far from the only "SNL" host to not have a celebrity background to host. Throughout its more than 40-year history, the popular NBC sketch show has seen countless athletes like Ronda Rousey, Tom Brady, Charles Barkley and Jeff Gordon lead an episode despite having little to no background in show business. Meanwhile, political figures such as Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, Ralph Nader and Al Sharpton have been tapped to host the show in the past as well, making it clear that the honor of hosting is not reserved solely for actors and actresses with something hot to promote at the time.
Perhaps one of the most historic non-traditional hosts came early on in the show’s history by way of contest-winner Miskel Spillman. Mental Floss describes the New Orleans resident as being a white-haired grinning grandmother when she was allowed to host an episode in 1977 after winning the show’s first, and only, "SNL Anyone Can Host" contest.
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