Call it a victory for democracy or peer pressure, but either way it’s happening: Betty White, the 88-years-young Mary Tyler Moore and Golden Girls star, will be hosting Saturday NIght Live on May 8, a pre-Mother’s Day episode also featuring appearances from six “SNL” alumnae. Though a popular Facebook campaign helped build Ms. White’s cause, Lorne Michaels the “SNL” creator and executive producer, said Thursday that the grass-roots movement wasn’t the sole reason for the booking. “The depth of feeling for her at the show and particularly among the women who are coming back was very deep,” Mr. Michaels said in a telephone interview. He added that he had concerns given the show’s “grueling” schedule, and as a solution invited the former “SNL” performers Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer, and Molly Shannon to appear, too. Ultimately, he said, Ms. White’s age wouldn’t prevent her from participating fully. “Mind you, at our show, Pardo’s 92,” he said, referring to the announcer Don Pardo. “A couple people in wardrobe are older than him. So she’s a spring chicken in our world.”And on that upbeat note, I'll say goodbye until Monday when I will be blogging from Toronto.
Friday, March 12, 2010
Betty White to host Saturday Night Live
It worked! The emails, the facebook page, the letters....Betty White will host SNL on May 8! Writes the New York Times: