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Tesla CEO Elon Musk reveals he has Asperger's syndrome on 'SNL'

SF Gate logo SF Gate 5/9/2021 Dan Gentile
Elon Musk standing in front of a building © NBC/NBCU Photo Bank Via Getty Images

Elon Musk was one of the most anticipated "Saturday Night Live" hosts in recent memory. Almost everything the Tesla CEO does draws controversy, so much so that "SNL" cast members were told they could opt out of performing with him.

When it came to the night of the big show, Musk played it relatively safe. His comic delivery was surprisingly decent, although it's doubtful whether any sketches were strong enough to be remembered by this time next week. The comedy may not have been newsworthy, but Musk did share a detail about himself that until now was not widely known. 

In his monologue, Musk self-identified as the first person with Asperger's syndrome to host the show (This isn't entirely true: "SNL" alum Dan Aykroyd was also diagnosed with the same developmental disorder).

The other big wave from Musk's appearance was in the world of cryptocurrency. Musk circulated a meme earlier in the week calling himself "The Dogefather," a name derived from a popular form of cryptocurrency called Dogecoin, which began as a joke but has grown exponentially in value over the past year.

Musk's mother appeared in his monologue and dropped a punchline about how she hoped she wouldn't receive the notoriously volatile currency as a Mother's Day gift. And perhaps the night's best sketch was when the Weekend Update anchors repeatedly pressed Musk to explain Dogecoin (he didn't).

At its height last week, one Dogecoin sold on cryptocurrency marketplaces for 70 cents. During the show, the price tanked below 50 cents, leaving many investors cursing the s0-called Dogefather.



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