02.22.10 9 years ago 17 Comments


One of the stories I’ve ignored over the last couple of weeks is the online movement to get Betty White to host “Saturday Night Live;” the Facebook group Betty White to Host SNL (please?)! is closing in on half a million fans. And it looks like the dream might become a reality, as the 88-year-old White is being considered to share hosting duties for an upcoming episode. The details:

Sources confirm to me exclusively that Saturday Night Live is thisclose to signing TV legend Betty White to host the show for the very first time. But there’s a catch — and a pretty cool one at that.

White would not be hosting alone. Rather, I hear SNL is putting together a “Women of Comedy” episode that would team the former Rose Nylund with several of her younger contemporaries. Ex-SNL MVP Molly Shannon is on board, I hear, and feelers have also been put out to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

It also makes sense to have women hosts in this economy, since you only have to pay them like 78% as much as male hosts. Ha ha, just kidding, ladies. But seriously, it’s amazing that 400,000-plus gimlet-eyed Facebook users could influence NBC’s programming. Usually Jeff Zucker only consults with Larry, the retarded kid with a Magic 8-Ball who hangs around NBC headquarters.

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