He revealed that he suffers from the disease, which is a form of autism, as he explained that he has a hard time letting people know if he means what he is saying.
The CEO of Tesla, 49, founder of SpaceX and one of the richest men in the world, said in his introductory monologue: “It’s great to host Saturday Night Live, and I really mean it. Sometimes after saying something, I have to say I mean it. “
He added, in explanation, that he is the first person with Asperger’s to host the show: “Or at least the first person to admit it. “
It is believed to be the first time the businessman has publicly declared that he suffers from an autism spectrum disorder.
The UK’s National Autism Society says Asperger’s diagnoses are used less frequently than before, but that “many people who fit the profile of Asperger’s syndrome are now being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder instead … some people with a diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome may choose to continue using the term “.
The company says people with Asperger’s may find it more difficult “in particular, to understand and relate to others and to participate in the daily life of family, school, work and life. society”.
Mr Musk also joked on his Twitter account, which has more than 50 million subscribers, and the tweets that have led some people to complain about being asked to promote the show.
He said, “Look, I know I say or post weird things sometimes, but that’s how my brain works. “
“To anyone who has been offended, I just want to say that I reinvented electric cars and send people to Mars in a rocket. Did you think I was going to be a normal cold guy too? “
Mr. Musk is one of the three richest people in the world, although his position in that group has fluctuated over the past 12 months.
Forbes magazine currently puts her fortune at $ 177 billion (£ 126 billion), making her the richest person to host the show, which is frequently featured by Hollywood royalty and other public figures.
During the show, his mother, model Maye Musk, took the stage to talk about who he was when he was 12.
NBC took the opportunity to broadcast the episode live worldwide on YouTube, the first time it was simultaneously viewable worldwide.
Mr. Musk dabbled in acting when he played a doctor who broke bad news to a group of young people, using some form of slang.
The cryptocurrency jokes throughout the show, including those made by Mr. Musk, appeared to reach the value of Dogecoin – the virtual currency he had previously touted – whose value plummeted during the show. , to finish down about 12% from the end of Friday.
The billionaire is not believed to be the first along with Asperger to host the show, with comedian and Saturday Night Live alumnus Dan Aykroyd who hosted in 2003 having spoken in the past of being diagnosed with a mild form of the disease.