May 12, 2010
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.
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Posted: 07:00 PM ET
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Posted: 10:57 AM ET
by Gil Kaufman
With her muffin-touting, hardcore screamo antics and help from an all-star cast of "Saturday Night Live" alumnae, not to mention two solid performances from Jay-Z, Betty White helped "SNL" notch its best ratings in nearly two years.
According to figures provided by Nielsen, White gave the 35-year-old late-night staple its highest overnight numbers in more than 18 months, averaging an 8.8 rating, its biggest viewership since a November 1, 2008, show hosted by Ben Affleck that featured appearances by then Republican presidential nominee John McCain and Tina Fey as running mate Sarah Palin. Entertainment Weekly reported that "SNL" was up 66 percent in Nielsen-metered homes over the same night last year.
It helped that a who's-who of "SNL" alums showed up to provide support for the 88-year-old showbiz legend whose suddenly-hot again status was cemented by a 500,000-member Facebook group that helped convince her to finally say yes to hosting the show after decades of declining invitations.
Among the famous faces reprising some of their most beloved sketches were Maya Rudolph (serving up some of her patented loopy Whitney Houston), Tina Fey and Amy Poehler back behind the "Weekend Update" anchor desk, Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon donning their frumpy wool sweaters for their NPR parody "Delicious Dish" and Rachel Dratch, who played a number of utility roles but whose appearance as her Debbie Downer character was, sadly, left on the cutting-room floor.
May 7, 2010
Posted: 09:30 AM ET
It seems like just yesterday we were all taking part in an inexplicable (yet long overdue) grassroots campaign to get Betty White to host 'SNL." But the day is finally on the horizon, as Ms. White will grace the stage in Studio 8H tomorrow night.
If you've been skeptical about whether or not she could actually hold her own, then last night's appearance on Fallon is required viewing. If you're already pumped...well, it's also required viewing. She was bebopping and scatting throughout the interview, firing out one-liners at will. When asked if she'd appear in a sketch with musical guest Jay-Z, she promptly responded: "Jay-Z has 99 problems...but this bitch ain't one of them."
Perhaps the highlight came when Fallon warned her that during commercial breaks she'll be manhandled by wardrobe and make-up. White then dipped into the well, joking, "It's been a long time since I've been manhandled."
Filed under: Betty White
March 18, 2010
Posted: 11:51 AM ET
March 9, 2010
Posted: 09:44 AM ET
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.
White didn't offer any details about the "SNL" gig, and it remains unclear when she will appear - or what it will entail.
Entertainment Weekly said she might appear on a special "Women of Comedy" episode with former "SNL" cast members Molly Shannon, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler - but executive producer Lorne Michaels reportedly denied that.
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