'SNL' alum Conan O'Brien called Elon Musk a 'dream guest' for the show

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Conan O'Brien called Elon Musk a "dream guest" for "SNL." Rodin Eckenroth/WireImage/BRITTA PEDERSEN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images
  • Elon Musk is set to host "SNL" this weekend, a decision that has proved controversial.

  • "SNL" alum Conan O'Brien, however, has said Musk is a "dream guest."

  • O'Brien told a paparazzo that non-comedians make for funnier guests in sketches.

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Lorne Michaels' decision to book Elon Musk as the host for this weekend's "Saturday Night Live" has proven to be a controversial one.

Some current cast members including Aidy Bryant, Bowen Yang, and Andrew Dismukes didn't seem thrilled that Musk had signed to host the May 8 show, and have since deleted posts that appeared to be thinly-veiled digs at the Tesla CEO.

However, "SNL" alum Conon O'Brien has defended the decision to hire Musk and called him a "dream guest" for the sketch show.

On Wednesday, TMZ reported that they spoke to O'Brien on his way out of LA restaurant Swingers. O'Brien, who used to write for "SNL" from 1988 to 1991, told TMZ: "Those are the dream guests. The dream guests are the ones that are not [comedians]."

"When I was a writer there, if someone came on and they weren't a professional comedian, it actually made them funnier in sketches. Because they're a fish out of water," O'Brien explained.

TMZ also asked O'Brien about Michaels saying that "SNL" cast members won't be forced to work with Musk if they don't want to. O'Brien said they wouldn't have been allowed to do that back in his day.

Pete Davidson is the only "SNL" cast member who has publicly defended the decision to hire Musk, calling the CEO "the guy that makes the Earth better."

"I don't know why people are freaking out," Davidson told Seth Meyers on "Late Night." "People are like, 'I can't believe Elon Musk is hosting,' you mean the guy that makes the Earth better and makes cool things and sends people to Mars?"

Davidson said he was having dinner with Musk on Wednesday night in preparation for the weekend's show, and planned to ask him for a Tesla of his own.

Musk is deemed a controversial and polarizing figure, having made jokes about gender pronouns and spread misinformation about the coronavirus in the past. Musk is reportedly worth $170.9 billion according to Forbes.

This is not the first time "SNL" has hired a controversial host. Former hosts include Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, and Lance Armstrong, all of whom were deemed controversial figures at the time of their "SNL" shows in 2015, 1997, and 2005, respectively.

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