Elon Musk mobbed by fans before SNL debut as billionaire Tesla boss signs model car with girlfriend Grimes

ELON Musk has been mobbed by fans before his Saturday Night Live debut as the billionaire Tesla boss signs a model car with his girlfriend Grimes.

Musk, 49, was spotted in Midtown Manhattan with his 33-year-old musician partner on Tuesday night.

The couple left the SNL studio in a Tesla Model X and visited a restaurant for dinner.

The tech CEO was seen in the backseat of the car signing a miniature model Tesla.

Musk will host NBC's Saturday Night Live for the first time this weekend, with Miley Cyrus scheduled to be the musical guest.

He was seen carrying his baby son X Æ A-12 as he left a Miami hotel with Grimes earlier this week.

Musk had tweeted that he was "The Dogefather" to promote his upcoming SNL appearance – and that tweet sent the cryptocoin skyrocketing.

When Musk made the tweet, he sent Dogecoin's price soaring 144.44 per cent higher. Since the beginning of the year, Dogecoin has jumped 13,955.42 per cent.

And with Musk promising to mention the popular cyptocoin during his upcoming late-night comedy appearance, market experts are carefully watching what will come next.

He took to Twitter last weekend to ask for skit ideas and try out some jokes on internet strangers.

Musk tweeted: "Throwing out some skit ideas for SNL. What should I do?"

He then floated the jokes: "Baby Shark & Shark Tank merge to form Baby Shark Tank" and "Irony Man – defeats villains using the power of irony".

It comes amid claims the SNL cast have been told they will not need to act alongside Musk, the self-proclaimed "Dogefather", if they feel uncomfortable.

NBC announced last week that Musk would be hosting the show on May 8, a decision that reportedly left some of the SNL cast upset.

"Speaking historically, if a cast member has been that unhappy, they don't have to do it,"a source familiar with the matter told Page Six.

"['SNL' boss Lorne Michaels] won't ever make them do anything they don't want to do," the source added.

None of cast members were pulled out of SNL yet, according to Insider.

"Whether you like him or not, Elon is a very interesting character … He's very much a showman," the source added.

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