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Eric Idle Rips Elon Musk After Musk Admits He 'Stole' Twitter Business Model From 'Monty Python'

The 'Monty Python' alum wasn't amused by Musk's joking admission he stole the idea of charging for Twitter from the beloved sketch show.

Eric Idle Rips Elon Musk After Musk Admits He 'Stole' Twitter Business Model From 'Monty Python'
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Last week, Elon Musk officially bought Twitter for $44 billion—reportedly twice its valuation. The South Africa born mogul already faced harsh criticism with his management style, especially in regards to the changes he claims he will implement.

Musk revealed he planned on charging an $8 monthly subscription fee for users to acquire and retain the blue verification check mark.

Musk didn't seem to mind his decision ruffled many feathers.

Though his announcement was met with backlash, Musk took it one step further and claimed his decision was influenced by a Monty Python sketch.

Musk tweeted:

"Totally stole idea of charging for insults and arguments from Monty Python tbh."

Musk also included the sketch in his tweet.

Here's the video Musk shared.

Argument - Monty

However, Monty Python co-founder Eric Idle was having none of it.

Idle tweeted:

"So you're allowed to steal but you wish to charge us to verify who we are?"
"Good luck with that then."

Idle's tweet was met with support, many stating that the verification check benefits them, not the actual verified user.

Some pointed out Idle was not in the mentioned sketch.

The writer and actor had previously displayed his disdain for Musk's Twitter takeover.

On October 31, Idle tweeted:

"I'm sure Elon will want to start making his money back."
"But if he charges me to entertain you, and he lets the orange monster back, I think I may decline."
"I say go back to PythOnline where I first did this in the nineties..."

It seems Musk's MP tweet was the nail in the coffin for Idle.