The new “woke” technology of the “Saturday Night Live” cast is armed with social media accounts — and never afraid to make use of them.
When it was introduced that billionaire Elon Musk could be internet hosting this weekend, several of them took shots online.
But an trade supply who is aware of the present intimately advised The Post: “The new cast are getting a little too big for their britches.”
“They can tweet and do whatever they want on social media … they weren’t told to take down their messages.”
When Musk tweeted: “Let’s find out just how live Saturday Night Live really is,” Bowen Yang replied: “What the f–k does this even mean?”
Meanwhile, author and featured participant Andrew Dismukes posted on Instagram: “Only CEO I want to do a sketch with is Cher-E Oteri,” with a photograph of “SNL” alum Cheri Oteri.
Longtime cast member Aidy Bryant shared a message that many perceived to be a dig at Musk, too: She retweeted Sen. Bernie Sanders calling it a “moral obscenity” that “the 50 wealthiest people in America today own more wealth than the bottom half of our people.” (As of Friday, Musk was price $166.7 billion, according to Forbes — placing him not far behind Jeff Bezos as world’s richest particular person.)
As Page Six reported, cast members have been advised if that they had any points, they didn’t have to participate in the episode.
“‘SNL’ is very insulated,” an NBC supply advised The Post. “Lorne protects his cast — they don’t feel like part of the wider company.”
It’s an uncommon office association: The Post has confirmed that if any cast member does sit out a present, they nonetheless receives a commission.
“If they were elsewhere, they would have been suspended [for tweeting], but they can do whatever they want. Lorne has never said to anybody they have to turn up for a show,” stated the trade supply of the cast. “There’s no repercussions. So stop it with the hysterical reactions.”
If the comedians suppose they’ve any sway over who’s requested to be a visitor, they’re incorrect.
James Andrew Miller, who penned the e-book “Live From New York” concerning the NBC present that launched in 1975, advised The Post: “Not everybody [on the show] agrees about what’s humorous or who ought to host, however Lorne is the choice maker and the buck stops with him.
“There have been a handful of times where cast members have wanted him to rescind the guest choice or musical guest. And with social media it’s easy to say something, then suddenly realize, ‘Maybe I went too far,’” Miller stated. (Both Bryant and Yang deleted their Musk tweets.)
“The truth is,” Miller added, “there isn’t a set of orthodoxies one has to embrace to be host of ‘SNL.’”
Back in February 2013, an 18-year-old Justin Bieber hosted for the primary time — towards the needs of most of the cast who thought he was an entitled pop star, The Post is advised.
“SNL” vets Jay Pharoah and Bill Hader later confirmed on the Bravo present “Watch What Happens Live!” that the singer was the worst guest host of their period.
“I mean, we both know, dog,” stated Pharoah to Hader.
“Yeah, it was Bieber,” Hader responded.
“He just was in a bad place … Maybe he’s in a better place, but back then he was in a very—it was rough,” added Hader of the singer. “Everybody’s usually on great behavior … He just seemed, like, exhausted or just at the end of a rope.”
The Post can be advised that members of the cast have been additionally sad that nation music star Morgan Wallen was allowed to make his “SNL” debut in December, two months after his preliminary invitation was rescinded for breaking the show’s quarantine rules. (Wallen was photographed kissing a number of school girls and partying maskless in Alabama when he was alleged to be on lockdown.)
And whereas, for many of “SNL” historical past, cast members have stored quiet in the event that they have been sad with a visitor, there’s a precedent of protest.
In 1990, cast member Nora Dunn refused to look on an episode hosted by comic Andrew Dice Clay.
Years later, she told Salon: “And then there’s Andrew Dice Clay, the character, who was an abuser of women and he was a homophobe. And his material was terrible. He just wasn’t smart enough to handle that material. And our writing staff was not the writing staff to handle that material either [for him to host the show]. Lorne said, ‘Andrew Dice Clay was a phenomenon worth examining.’ … We didn’t examine the hosts of ‘SNL.’ We supported them, we wrote for them, and we made them look good. Otherwise you’d never get a host. You’re there to make them look good.”
But her refusal didn’t precisely make Dunn widespread with castmates. Jon Lovitz referred to as it a “betrayal” and accused her of creating the cast “look like we were sell-outs for doing the show with him.”
No one this season has gone that far, however among the cast members have stated issues that present the present is divided.
On “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” Michael Che said of Musk: “He’s the richest man in the world, how could you not be excited for that?”
Pete Davidson agreed.
“I just don’t understand why this is the dude everyone’s so freaked out about,” Davidson said on radio show “The Breakfast Club.”
“I was like, ‘What did he do?’ He’s just like a really wealthy businessman that makes, like, nerd s–t. I don’t know. He’s really nice. I’m excited.”
Davidson has claimed that comedy is “getting destroyed” due to outrage over button-pushing jokes.
“The second you open your mouth and have an opinion, you lose money today,” Davidson told Paper Magazine. “And I don’t think that’s a safe place to live in.”
When Donald Trump hosted “SNL” in November 2015 whereas operating for president, behind the scenes the cast made no secret that they have been sad.
The episode received the present its greatest scores in six years, however one TV supply stated: “No one refused to do the show, but they made it no secret they didn’t want him there — and you could see that they felt uncomfortable alongside him on air.”
The senior NBC supply confirmed that “the cast weren’t happy about Trump. They didn’t want him on the show.”
While it’s straightforward to suppose the present skews to the left, Miller stated: “It’s not a liberal think tank. It’s a comedy show, a culture show.”
“Years ago, people thought ‘SNL’ was too hard on Clinton or made too much fun of Democratic candidates,” he added.
“SNL” will have fun its fiftieth anniversary in 2025 and though Michaels, now 76, has stated he’ll “wander off” after that, the senior NBC supply stated: “I’ve had no conversations with him about retiring. He certainly shows no desire to leave.”
The supply added: “Every generation of ‘SNL’ cast is different. I think Lorne is one of the best at finding talent. To watch his genius behind the scenes is incredible.”
“Comedy has become more generational. Humor has evolved and that’s what has the impact — not the comedians.”
The trade supply added: “None of the original cast were exactly shrinking violets … if Bill Murray or John Belushi had social media back then, they would not be afraid to express their opinions.”