Social media does work. A Facebook fan page implored NBC to hire White as a host of the show, saying that the comedic actress is universally known and admired. Apparently, the dreams of nearly half a million fans are coming true.
Former Golden Girl Betty White, confirmed to People magazine at Elton John’s Oscar viewing party Sunday, that she will in fact appear on “Saturday Night Live” in the near future. The drive for the 88-year-old actress to host began shortly after her hilarious take in a Super Bowl Snickers ad, and fans joined up on a Facebook page, devoted to getting her on the NBC show.
Just weeks earlier, she’d scoffed at the idea, calling it “ridiculous.” “I don’t even know where that came from,” she said at the time. “That just came out of left field. It’s ridiculous. I don’t think ['SNL' creator and producer] Lorne Michaels even knows about it, so we won’t worry about it.”
But on Sunday, when asked by the magazine, “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 said, “but it’s been wonderful.”
White didn’t say anything about the details of the “SNL” stint, not even when she might be appearing on the show. A publicist for NBC told MTV News they couldn’t confirm the news.
White recently starred with newly minted Oscar winner Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds in the romantic comedy “The Proposal,” and she was recognized with a lifetime-achievement award from the Screen Actors Guild earlier this year.