Last month we learned of a Facebook campaign that sought to pressure Lorne Michaels to let Betty White host an upcoming episode of Saturday Night Live. Today we learn that those efforts have been fruitful as Betty herself confirms that she WILL be appearing on an upcoming ep of SNL … tho she will not reveal under what circumstances she will appear. A few weeks ago, Entertainment Weekly reported that plans are in the works to have Betty host the show with other female comedians (which may include the likes of Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, etc.) but that has NOT been confirmed. Whatever the case may be, tho, we can be certain that our dear Betty will be on the show in some capcity:
Betty White fans, your prayers have been answered. The former Golden Girl will appear on Saturday Night Live in the near future, she confirmed to PEOPLE at Elton John’s annual Oscars viewing party on Sunday night. Fans have been clamoring for White, 88, to do SNL – an idea she called “ridiculous” just a few weeks ago – ever since her comic turn in a Snickers ad during the Super Bowl. One Facebook page devoted to the cause has attracted half a million fans. When asked by PEOPLE, “Are you doing Saturday Night Live,” she answered, “Yes,” even if she remains perplexed by the groundswell of support. “I don’t know why or how,” she says, “but it’s been wonderful.” White didn’t offer any details about the SNL gig, and it remains unclear when she will appear – or what it will entail.
I understand that SNL boss Lorne Michaels has denied the EW report that Betty will co-host with other comediennes … and, as much as I love Fey and Poehler, I hope his denial rings true. I would LOVE to see Betty host the show all by herself. She can do it and she would ROCK it out! I’ll be really pissed if Betty is relegated to a mere cameo appearance … at this point, it has to be all or nothing. We’ll know soon enough what the plan is … but if I were to guess, I’d say Betty White will host — all on her own — the season finale ep of Saturday Night Live :) C’mon Lorne, make it happen!!