Fans to 'SNL': We want Betty White as host! (EW does, too.)

Betty White fans are speaking, and they’re saying one of the most genius things ever: Bring Rose Nylund on as host of Saturday Night Live! No, but really, fans have rallied in a recently created Facebook fan page titled: “Betty White to host SNL (please?)!” As of noon ET today, the page had nearly 35,000 fans, rocketing from around 8,500 yesterday morning.

“Betty White has been doing television since before I Love Lucy!” the page proclaims. “What a way to honor her career, her comedic timing, and her life than by inviting her to host Saturday Night Live!!!” The page’s wall is littered with love for the former Mary Tyler Moore and Golden Girls star. “She would show those young whipper snappers how it’s done!” says one poster, while another simply writes: “Please! Please! Please! Best. SNL. Ever.”

And honestly, the question here is: Why hasn’t Betty—one of Hollywood’s most beloved and hilarious actresses—hosted the stalwart comedy show before? Why has no one thought of this before now? Has she been approached and just didn’t want to do it? (EW reached out to SNL‘s rep, who said: “Sorry. We never comment on this sort of thing.” And White’s rep has yet to return an email with a similar inquiry.)

Personally, I would die to see Ms. White take on the Target Lady or do an over-the-top skit on the continued national obsession with Golden Girls. The fact of the matter is that Betty is 88 years old, and she’s funnier than ladies one-quarter of her age. Heck, she’s a helluva lot funnier than some of this season’s SNL hosts, like Megan Fox or January Jones.

And, we’ve all loved Betty so long that we’d revel in every moment of her 90 minutes on stage. Plus, she’s clearly proven that she’s a hoot in scripted shows—for decades!—but she’s also show deft skill as a hilarious late-night gal as of late, like when she took on Jimmy Fallon in beer pong last summer and got sassy with Craig Ferguson around Christmastime. Also! Even though she is older, her appeal crosses all generations, from little kids (Glenn Martin, DDS) to soap opera lovers (The Bold and the Beautiful) to the gays (Golden Girls, Ugly Betty) to quirk fans (Boston Legal) to old folks (Mary Tyler Moore)—oh hell—basically everyone else. Seems like a grand slam to me!

In so many ways, I feel like we’re one step away from this: “Betty White for President!” Which, truly, isn’t the craziest of ideas.

Do you agree, PopWatchers? Are you going to immediately join the fan page to get Betty a spot on SNL? What skit would die to see her be a part of?

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  • Gregoire

    Maybe she can’t see the tele-prompter that all hosts inevitably rely on?

    • walter

      Hey deebag, don’t be an ageist. Betty is a consumate pro, she doesn’t need a teleprompter like the swarm of 15minute tarts who have hosted lately.

      • cheeseypits

        SNL doesn’t use a prompter they use cue cards

      • Chris

        if worse came to worst, I’m sure she could improv some lines and it’d slay.

      • J.

        There would probably be a joke in there that the cue cards needed to extra big so she could see them. All kidding aside, she would be awesome on the show. I hope it happens!

    • Robert

      Betty has the ability to remember her lines WITHOUT the aid of cue cards or the teleprompter.

  • Lynny

    This would be just about the greatest idea ever.

  • sparkle the gym bag

    how about Tony Bennett for music that night….or Tom Jones…Johnny Mathis…or all of the above and throw in Paul Anka while you are at it…maybe Chuck Berry…wow Berry and white in a skit now that would rock!!!

  • poopmaster

    opps I crapped my pants! just thinking baout how great this would Depends would sign on as mega-sponsor…

    • Chris

      “opps”… lolz

  • gato


  • Lynn

    Betty White would rock SNL, as long as the writers did their best!!!!

    • jb

      The Achilles heel of the whole idea. 50 writers on the show, 6 skits, 2 featuring the host, 1 possibly funny. I hope she gets a shot, though, she’s great and it’s already interesting to think of it.

    • Angie

      Heck, she’d probably save the whole show.

  • Cardsgal

    I’d watch!

    • harry

      me 2

  • rey

    snl’s problem has always been booking the flavor of the month host without knowing if they can 1.act 2. are funny and 3. read.

    white would kill it.

  • Q

    As a member of the FB group, my feelings on this are clear, but I’d like to add that perhaps Cloris Leechman could drop in for a sketch!

    • Mark

      It should also be noted that Betty’s “Golden Girls” co-star Bea Arthur hosted SNL in the late seventies (she wasn’t eighty-eight, of course, but still). And I remember her being quite funny.

      • Helen

        You can stream the SNL episode with Bea hostin on Netflix.

    • Jason

      OH MY GOSH! What a great idea! Cloris and Betty together! And call me crazy…but what’s wrong with a semi-MTM sketch (bring in Lou, Mary, Ted, Rhoda…some of the “actual” stars, along with SNL’s “version” of the actors).

      Same deal with a Golden Girls sketch. Oh please, Lorne, make this happen.

  • Dory

    That would be pretty awesome.

  • Ripley

    Yes, yes, yes!! She can show all the young hosts, who phone it in, how a professional handles comedy!

  • Elizabeth

    This would be fantastic… heck, I’d book Nick Jonas and The Administration as the musical guest just for you-know-what and giggles.

    Come on Lorne: make it happen. You know Sandra Bullock would make an appearance.

  • HD

    I heard about this yesterday and thought it was genuis!

  • graeme

    Wow, I can’t believe I never thought of this. This would be hilarious. I can just imagine Betty and Kristen Wiig in a sketch together. That would be perfection.

    • Jason

      AMEN! Have “Penelope” trying to “one-up” everything Betty says…and then let Betty GO OFF on her! Hilarious possibilities!!!

      • Angel2480

        I agree! I joined the facebook group back at 8600 members with the thought in my head of a Betty -vs- Penelope skit. That would be one of the best skits in a decade. Plus, give her a musical short with Samberg and the show would be legendary.

  • CH


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