Originally published on Gas2.
There’s no doubt about it — Elon Musk has hit star status. The latest indication of that is that he is going to be a guest on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Colbert’s second night hosting the show, only following George Clooney, Jeb Bush, and presumably Scarlett Johansson (Scarlett is slated for the same night, but will presumably be the primary guest).
The date will be September 9, so plenty of Tesla fans are now hoping to get some hot news about the Tesla Model X around that time.
Perhaps more interesting than the above, though, is that Colbert has Uber CEO Travis Kalanick scheduled for the night following Musk. Kalanick previously stated that Uber would buy 500,000 self-driving cars from Tesla in 2020 if Tesla could produce them. If that didn’t shake the tech nerd world enough, on Tesla’s most recent conference call, Morgan Stanley’s Adam Jonas asked about this proposal and then whether or not Tesla was planning its own Uber-like service, to which Elon provided a very interesting-sounding “that’s an insightful question” and then declined to comment. Morgan Stanley subsequently raised its target price for Tesla (TSLA) quite a bit (to $465 for the next 12 months), and the stock surged. As I type, TSLA sits at $220, after jumping up to ~$260 following Morgan Stanley’s upgrade and then falling hard with the broader stock market. (Full disclosure: I’m a TSLA shareholder… because I think it holds several big competitive advantages in a disruptive industry.)
Surely, the timing of Musk and Kalanick’s appearances is planned. We’ll see what Colbert can squeeze out of either of them.