Iconic actor and comedian Jon Lovitz chastised cast members on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" for grousing over the invitation to Tesla CEO Elon Musk to host the show.
Lovitz, who is a former "Saturday Night Live" member, offered muted criticism but followed it up by contrasting the attitude of modern actors with that of his generation.
"For everyone @nbcsnl who isn't sure about the host... Don't forget where you were before you got the show. We are all extraordinarily lucky to have been on it," Lovitz said.
For everyone @nbcsnl who isn’t sure about the host... Don’t forget where you were before you got the show. We are a… https://t.co/MFVUJZ6YVB— Jon Lovitz (@Jon Lovitz) 1620451279.0
"Be grateful and enjoy your time on SNL," he continued. "Because nothing lasts forever."
Cast members and writers of the longtime sketch comedy show bristled when the Tesla CEO was announced as a guest host. Others criticized them for being triggered and outraged against Musk without any clear or consistent reasoning on why he's so controversial.
Lovitz continued his criticism after some on Twitter disagreed with him.
"I didn't stay. I didn't leave. I did my job that I was hired to do. I was paid to be on the show. When you get hired for a job, you show up and do it," said Lovitz.
I didn’t stay. I didn’t leave. I did my job that I was hired to do. I was paid to be on the show. When you get hire… https://t.co/qqthI3i1r1— Jon Lovitz (@Jon Lovitz) 1620524531.0
"This concept apparently is foreign to a lot of people these days. That's what owners of businesses tell me," he added.
SNL cast member Pete Davidson voiced confusion at the reaction from some of his colleagues.
"I don't know why people are freaking out," Davidson said Wednesday. "They're like, 'Oh, I can't believe that Elon Musk is hosting!' And I'm like, 'The guy that makes the earth better kinda and makes cool things and sends people to Mars?'"
Lovitz was a member on SNL from 1985 to 1990 and later starred in various movies as well as his own short-lived animated show, "The Critic."
The cast members who voiced opposition to Musk were reportedly given a "safe space" to avoid participating on Saturday's show. Musk noted in his monologue that he made history on the show for being the first host with Asperger's syndrome.
"Or at least the first to admit it," he added.
Here's Elon Musk's opening monologue on SNL:
Elon Musk Monologue - SNL www.youtube.com