May 12, 2010

Betty White's next gig: Hosting the Oscars?

Posted: 11:00 AM ET

by Stephen M. Silverman

Is Betty White the new Neil Patrick Harris?

Not content with her stellar performance on last weekend's Saturday Night Live, fans have launched a new Facebook campaign to place White at the podium come next year's Oscar night.

As of Wednesday morning, more than 9,200 members have jumped on the "Betty White to Host the Oscars" bandwagon. (Nearly 12,000 members, if one counts all the Betty White Oscar Host Facebook pages so far.)

White, 88, landed the SNL hosting gig after a fervent Facebook campaign by her legion of fans. Given her popularity and good reviews for last Saturday's performance – not to mention the fact she helped deliver the 35-year-old NBC show's best ratings in 18 months – this new crusade might attract even larger numbers.

Should the Motion Picture Academy not bite, a secondary, somewhat less vocal (for now) Facebook campaign is also underway, for White to host the primetime TV Emmys.

What do YOU think - should Betty White host the Oscars?


Filed under: Academy Awards • Betty White • Entertainment

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Joseph Eaton   May 12th, 2010 11:21 am ET

Think it is now time (after 25 years) to put Larry out to pasture. Enough already with his rude and interrupting interviewer style. His first stop, however, should be to his dentist for a new pair of dentures!!

Jaime   May 12th, 2010 1:21 pm ET

I love all this hype about Betty White! I love her!!

Lori - Justice For Michael   May 12th, 2010 2:50 pm ET

I completely support "TEAM BETTY"!!! Of course Betty should host the Oscars and anything else she wants to do. Betty's the Bomb! Go Betty!. Go Betty!

Shari   May 12th, 2010 3:48 pm ET

Ms. Betty White is such a splash of sunshine. I hope to be so full of life and laughter at 88 years young. Bless this woman who has been able to cross generations and make us all laugh along with her.

Bill   May 12th, 2010 7:01 pm ET

Betty White is primarily a TELEVISION star, the Oscars are about MOVIES. So don't be silly, she's not a viable choice.

Wallace A. Farmer   May 12th, 2010 9:59 pm ET

I think Betty White
is fantastic. I
don't think that she
should host the
Oscar's alone, but
with some one like
Robin Williams so
they can play off
of each other.

Johanne S.   May 12th, 2010 10:00 pm ET

What an incredibly refreshing change it would be to have Ms. White as the host!! It would actually make me want to tune in for a change! Love, love, LOVE Ms. White!!! Make it happen, Entertainment People!

Kara   May 14th, 2010 1:09 pm ET

i think betty white and carol bernnett should do it together!
that would be awesome.

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