In a bizarre turn of events, Sunny Hostin, co-host of ABC’s The View, has found herself facing the wrath of tech mogul Elon Musk after a recent on-air rant against his company, SpaceX.
Musk, known for his fiery presence on social media, took to Twitter to condemn Hostin’s comments and even hinted at legal action.
“This was frankly disrespectful,” Musk tweeted in response to Hostyn’s criticism of SpaceX’s recent successful mission to launch astronauts into space. “These baseless attacks on my company and our achievements will not be tolerated.”
Hostin, who accused SpaceX of “putting profit over safety” during the mission, seemed unfazed by Musk’s response.
“I was only expressing my opinion on a matter of public safety,” she said in a statement. “I stand by my comments and believe that companies like SpaceX have a responsibility to prioritize safety over profit.”
But Musk was not having it. He fired back with a series of tweets accusing Hostin of spreading misinformation and suggesting legal action be taken against him and The View.
“Opinions are one thing, but spreading lies and damaging a company’s reputation is another,” Musk wrote. “I will not stand for it.”
The feud sent shock waves through the media and tech industries, with some speculating that it could lead to a full-fledged legal battle. However, legal experts are divided on whether Musk has a strong defamation case.
One expert said, “Defamation is always difficult to prove, especially when it comes to public figures and opinions.” “But Elon Musk is a very powerful man, and he has a lot of resources. He may file a case.
For Hostin, the situation is far from ideal. “I never expected it to blow up like this,” she said. “But I stand by my comments, and I am not intimidated by threats or legal action.”
Only time will tell how the Hostin-Musk feud will play out, but one thing is for sure: This is a clash of two strong personalities, and neither one is willing to back down.