PewDiePie uploaded the episode on February 22, where he appeared to fake out fans by insinuating that ‘Fresh Prince’ actor Will Smith had hosted the segment, instead.
However, viewers were not disappointed, as both Musk and Justin Roiland of ‘Rick and Morty’ fame appeared for a ‘Bonus Meme’ portion of the show towards the video’s end.
[Timestamp: 13:27 for mobile viewers.]
A few of the memes reviewed by the duo poked fun at Elon, himself, including a photoshop of his face on rapper Post Malone’s head – which he took in good humor.
Musk even gave viewers a fun factoid about the word “meme,” noting that its origin stemmed from Richard Dawkins’ 1976 book ‘The Selfish Gene,’ who coined the phrase in relation to a “survival of the fittest” concept.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpWYQ1YtgnI
Their collaboration seems to have helped the YouTuber rise above T-Series, who now sits at over 17,000 subs above the label – compared to his mere 9,000 sub gap earlier that very same day.
Elon showed interest in hosting PewDiePie’s show with a humorous Tweet in late January, where he was pictured holding aloft one of his famed flamethrowers in a show of mock intimidation.
Host meme review? pic.twitter.com/k2SFtIUh1k
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 27, 2019
While PewDiePie initially expressed some doubt as to the truth of Elon’s statement, it looks like the tech millionaire finally pulled through – with the help of Rick and Morty’s voice actor.