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After posting, then deleting, cynical messages, ‘SNL’ cast members given safe space if they don’t want to appear with Elon Musk

Some “Saturday Night Live” cast members and a writer don’t appear to be welcoming Elon Musk, who is an upcoming host of the NBC sketch TV show. Two “SNL” cast members posted and then deleted seemingly standoffish messages toward the Tesla CEO on social media shortly after Musk was announced as the host for the May 8 episode.

“Weekend Update” host Michael Che did what comedians are supposed to do: make jokes. During an interview with former “SNL” star Jimmy Fallon, Che joked about Musk hosting, “I am excited to meet him, but I don’t know if he knows, usually, we have this tradition at ‘Saturday Night Live,’ it’s customary for the hosts to give like a couple million dollars to the cast members.”

But not everyone was excited to see the billionaire on “Saturday Night Live.”