There's been a mixed reaction to news that controversial tech billionaire Elon Musk will host Saturday Night Live this May with some critics suggesting he’s only been invited on because of his vast wealth.

The Tesla and SpaceX boss, who is said to be worth $186 billion, has some experience of showbiz having appeared on The Simpsons, The Big Bang Theory, South Park, and Rick and Morty. He also popped up in 2010 superhero film Iron Man 2.

49-year-old Musk, who is married musician Grimes, will be joined on the night by musical guest Miley Cyrus.

Deadline.com was among publications who seemed in favour of Musk’s hosting duties, saying, "seems like a left-field choice for a sketch comedy show (but) has shown a quick wit in his online dealings with fans, foes and the like, so may have a few surprises in store".

However, Variety writer Jenelle Riley said she was "disappointed" with the show's choice, adding: "A host should have some discernible talent other than...being rich?"

Recent SNL celebrity hosts have included Adele, Bridgerton's Rege-Jean Page, and Oscar nominees Daniel Kaluuya and Carey Mulligan.