TESLA CEO Elon Musk hosted Saturday Night Live on May 8 and made headlines after he revealed he has Asperger’s syndrome.
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Who was the first person with Asperger’s syndrome to host SNL?
Despite Musk saying he was the first with Asperger’s syndrome to host the legendary show – many social media users and media outlets pointed out that Dan Aykroyd, who hosted in 2003, has spoken out about having Asperger’s syndrome.
Dan Aykroyd was an SNL cast memberCredit: Getty
Aykroyd, who was an SNL cast member from 1975-1979, returned to the show to host. Aykroyd has discussed in the past being diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome.
In an interview with the Daily Mail in 2013, the Ghostbusters star revealed he was diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome when he was 12 years old. He also said he had Asperger’s syndrome.
“I also have Asperger’s but I can manage it,” Aykroyd told the outlet.
“It wasn’t diagnosed until the early eighties when my wife persuaded me to see a doctor,” he continued.
Elon Musk hosted SNL on Saturday, May 8Credit: NBC
What is Asperger’s syndrome?
Asperger syndrome is a “previously used diagnosis on the autism spectrum,” according to Autism Speaks.
Those with Asperger syndrome have “distinctive strengths, restrictive interests and difficulty with social interactions,” according to the website.
Those with Asperger’s may also be sensitive to lights, sounds and have anxiety.
Has Elon Musk said in the past that he has Asperger’s?
Musk’s announcement appeared to be the first time he has spoken publicly about having Asperger’s syndrome.
The 49-year-old Tesla CEO said in his SNL monologue, “So I won’t make a lot of eye contact with the cast tonight.
“But don’t worry, I’m pretty good at running ‘human’ in emulation mode,” he said to the audience.