Fans are eager to see Betty White host “Saturday Night Live” on May 8, and now it seems that comedy’s most favorite OG will be joined by hip-hop’s biggest star: [artist id="1269"]Jay-Z[/artist] has been tapped as the musical guest for the show’s May 8 episode, according to multiple sources.
Both will appear on the Mother’s Day episode, which will feature appearances by a number of female “SNL” vets including Tina Fey (who hosted the show last weekend with musical guest Justin Bieber), Amy Poehler, Molly Shannon, Maya Rudolph, Ana Gasteyer and Rachel Dratch.
Jay-Z, who will headline Coachella on Friday night (April 16), has appeared as a musical guest on the show several times before, but this appearance will mark White’s first turn as “SNL” host.
“Years ago, I turned it down three times,” said White, who’s been enjoying a career resurgence thanks to her role in “The Proposal” and her buzzed-about Super Bowl Snickers commercial from earlier this year. “It’s so New York, and I’m not New York at all. But my agent said he’d divorce me if I didn’t do it, and I love my agent.
“It’s lovely, and at my age it’s certainly unexpected,” she added. “I’ve got so much energy, it’s ridiculous. I love working. My schedule is a feverish one, and I’m used to that.”
In an interview with USA Today in March, “SNL” executive producer Lorne Michaels admits he “always wanted” White to host the late-night comedy program. “It took on a groundswell,” Michaels says of a Facebook campaign that began in response to White’s Super Bowl ad. “It isn’t something we would have said no to,” but the campaign “validated that — ‘Oh, that’d be fun.’ … It was the outpouring of affection from fans, and we feel the same way.”
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