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Elon Musk is NOT the first with Asperger's to host 'SNL', viewers remind him 'Dan Aykroyd did it first'

'Don't think Elon was correct... Dan Aykroyd was diagnosed with mild Asperger's Syndrome as a child,' said a viewer
Elon Musk and Dan Aykroyd were both reportedly diagnosed with Asperger's (Getty Images)
Elon Musk and Dan Aykroyd were both reportedly diagnosed with Asperger's (Getty Images)

Multimillionaire Elon Musk claimed that he made history by being the first one with Asperger Syndrome to host 'Saturday Night Live' on Saturday, May 8. As soon as his comments came to light, social media schooled him, saying he isn't the first one diagnosed with the syndrome to host the show.

“Or at least the first to admit it,” he said. Multiple people on the Internet subsequently noted that Dan Aykroyd, who is known to have Asperger’s, hosted before Musk. During his 'SNL' appearance, the controversial Tesla CEO and SpaceX leader stated, “It’s an honor to be hosting Saturday Night Live,” adding that he means it. “Sometimes after I say something, I have to say, “I mean that,” explained Musk, due to the fact that there is often not a lot of variation in tone in his speaking voice.


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Actor, comedian and writer Dan Aykroyd who also suffers from Asperger Syndrome hosted the show back on May 17, 2003, which was the 28th Season Finale. Dan once revealed, "My very mild Asperger’s has helped me creatively. I sometimes hear a voice and think: 'That could be a character I could do.'" Dan was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome in the 1980s after his wife Donna encouraged him to see a doctor. He views some of his strengths as stemming from the condition. "One of my symptoms included my obsession with ghosts and law enforcement — I carry around a police badge with me, for example. I became obsessed by Hans Holzer, the greatest ghost hunter ever. That’s when the idea of my film Ghostbusters was born."

Actor Dan Aykroyd arrives at the Premiere of Sony Pictures' "Ghostbusters" at TCL Chinese Theatre on July 9, 2016, in Hollywood, California. (Getty Images)

As soon as Musk's comment came to light, people started correcting him. One person said, "Don't think Elon was correct... Dan Aykroyd was diagnosed with mild Asperger's Syndrome as a child. Aykroyd has been pretty honest & up-front about his experiences on the autism spectrum. He was a cast member for 4 seasons & HOSTED #SNL on May 17, 2003. #justsaying." While another one said, "Of course he got it wrong and I didn’t know that Dan Aykroyd is on the autism spectrum! I love him!"



“So apparently Elon Musk said hes the first person with aspergers (which btw lets probably not call it that) to host snl and like... cool but no yr not buddy dan aykroyd was here first (also, just so we're clear, f**k el*n m*sk) Another stated, “Lol Dan Aykroyd STARTED snl with Asperger’s, but nice try.”



One user posted, “FOR THE RECORD Dan Aykroyd has Asperger's and has hosted SNL. So you know, Elon never stops f**king lying and if you publish that you're a mark.” One person who didn't seem like a Musk fan said, "1. No he’s not. Off the top of my head, Dan Aykroyd is on the autism spectrum and hosted in 2003 years after he was no longer a cast member. 2. Even if this was true Elon Musk still sucks.."



Aykroyd has also starred as Dr Raymond Stantz in 'Ghostbusters' (1984), which spawned a sequel and eventually an entire media franchise. In 1990, he bagged the nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his character, Boolie Werthan, in the 1989 film, 'Driving Miss Daisy'. He also played the character of Reverend Mike Weber in his own sitcom, 'Soul Man' (1997–1998). Aykroyd is also a businessman and has co-founded the House of Blues chain of music venues and the Crystal Head Vodka brand.