NEW YORK (NBC) Tesla CEO Elon Musk hosted Saturday Night Live Saturday and revealed he has Asperger’s syndrome.
Asperger’s syndrome is considered a “mild” or “high-functioning” form of autism, according to Healthline.
Musk began his SNL hosting duties with a monologue and addressed his reputation for sarcastic or misleading comments.
“It’s an honor to be hosting ‘Saturday Night Live. I mean that. Sometimes after I say something, I have to say ‘I mean that,’ so people really know that I mean it. 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 admitted he’s socially awkward and said he was the first person with Asperger syndrome to host the show — “or at least the first to admit it.”
“I know I sometimes say or post strange things but that’s just how my brain works,” Musk, 49, said. “I reinvented electric cars and I’m sending people to Mars on a rocket ship. Did you think I was also going to be a chill, normal dude?”
His mother, Maye Musk, appeared as part of the show’s pre-celebration of Mother’s Day.
“I’m excited for my Mother’s Day gift,” she said, before mentioning a form of cryptocurrency hyped by her son. “I just hope it’s not Dogecoin.”
“It is,” said Musk, a big investor in the cryptocurrency.