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Elon Musk reveals he has Asperger’s in his ‘Saturday Night Live’ monologue

Summary List PlacementElon Musk revealed he has Asperger's syndrome while hosting the May 8 episode of NBC's "Saturday Night Live." "I'm actually making history tonight as the first person with Asperger's to host 'SNL,'" the 49-year-old Tesla and SpaceX CEO told the audience during his opening monologue. He added, "Or at least the first to admit it." Though Musk declared himself as the first "SNL" host with Asperger's syndrome, The Daily Beast's Marlow Stern pointed out that former cast member Dan Aykroyd has Asperger's and hosted the show in 2003.  Musk then joked that he's going to "make a lot of eye contact...

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Elon Musk revealed he has Asperger’s syndrome while hosting the May 8 episode of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”

“I’m actually making history tonight as the first person with Asperger’s to host ‘SNL,'” the 49-year-old Tesla and SpaceX CEO told the audience during his opening monologue.

He added, “Or at least the first to admit it.”

Though Musk declared himself as the first “SNL” host with Asperger’s syndrome, The Daily Beast’s Marlow Stern pointed out that former cast member Dan Aykroyd has Asperger’s and hosted the show in 2003. 

Musk then joked that he’s going to “make a lot of eye contact with the cast” and is well-versed in “running ‘human’ in emulation mode.”

“Some people rarely know what I mean, that’s because I don’t always have a lot of intonation or variation in how I speak, which I’m told makes for great comedy,” he said. 

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Asperger’s is an autism spectrum disorder where people have “difficulty responding to the body language, facial expressions, and tone of voice of others,” according to Medical News Today.  

During his monologue, Musk also poked fun at the pronunciation of X AE A-XII, his and Grimes‘ 1-year-old son.

“‘SNL’ is also a great way to learn something new about the host. For example, this is my son’s name,” he said, gesturing to on-screen text of his son’s name. 

“It’s pronounced: Cat running across the keyboard,” he quipped. 

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