“Or at least the first person to admit it,” he said during the inaugural monologue.
This may be the first time Musk has publicly said he has Asperger’s, according to and The Associated Press. At least an old one SNL the host, Dan Aykroyd, has also talked about having Asperger’s, the AP noted.
Musk said it was an honor to be a host and stressed that he meant it.
“Sometimes, after saying something, I have to say,‘ I mean this, ’” Musk explained, humorously, noting that he often doesn’t have a varied tone of voice.
Musk made jokes about himself during the monologue and acknowledged that he often feels misunderstood.
“I know I sometimes say or post weird things, but that’s how my brain works,” he said. “To anyone who has offended, I just want to say, that I reinvented electric cars and I’m going to send people to Mars with a rocket. Do you think I’d be a cold, normal boy, too?”
Musk also brought his mother Maye to the stage and they once remembered that Musk created a video game about space when he was 12 years old. They joked that his mother’s day present would be Dogecoin, a cryptocurrency that Musk referred to several times throughout the episode.
At the top of the episode, SNL faced criticism for having invited Musk to be a host. Critics said the program celebrated a billionaire who spread the misinformation online minimizing the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the first months of the pandemic, Musk posted on social media about the pandemic response and said the “coronavirus panic is dumb,” according to a The Hollywood Reporter . In November, he contracted the virus and said it was a moderate case.
Durant one of the sketches, who featured a cowboy confrontation, Musk joked that his character thought the masks were dumb during a bank robbery.
“Okay, for a while I thought the masks were silly,” he said. “But now, I think masks make sense.”
Musk also appeared in Weekend Update as an expert on Dogecoin and sketches on Mars, post-quarantine parties, and a murder trial with Mario characters, where he played a misunderstood Wario.
For the first time, SNL was broadcast live internationally on YouTube in more than 100 countries.
Saturday Night Live: “S46 E18, May 8, Elon Musk.”
Saturday Night Live: “Elon Musk’s Monologue.”
The Associated Press: “Elon Musk shows humility and pride as a ‘SNL’ host.”
The Hollywood Reporter: “Elon Musk tells monologue ‘SNL’ that he’s the first host with Asperger’s Syndrome.”
Saturday Night Live: “Cowboy Standoff.”