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Back in February, a half a million Betty White acolytes fueled a Facebook campaign to snag the former Golden Girl the ultimate TV hosting gig over at Rockefeller Center’s Studio 8H. This weekend, their efforts pay off.
The Mother's Day episode of Saturday Night Live features White as host, Jay-Z as the musical guest, and six former female cast members -- Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Molly Shannon, Ana Gasteyer, Maya Rudolph and Rachel Dratch—as guest stars.
No doubt those stars -- and the rest of the SNL cast members -- are swooning over the chance to work with White, who’s been having something of a career resurgence with key roles in movies (like last year's The Proposal) and the hottest Superbowl commercial this year (for Snickers). "She’s one of the few people that is in her prime at 88," Seth Myers told the New York Post’s Popwrap.
"I'm starstruck by her," Bill Hader added. “I’m gonna be, like, making sure my office is clean and…like, thinking [about] what I’m wearing.”
During a recent Larry King Live appearance, White explained why she’s never hosted the show despite her many decades in the business. “Years and years ago I turned it down three times because it’s so New York, and I’m not New York,” she told King. “And I just thought the safe way to play it was not to do it.”
But this offer was one she couldn’t refuse—not after all the Facebook fan adulation that led to it. She is bewildered by all the attention she’s getting from young people. “What are they doing with me?” she asked King, then admitted to feeling jittery about the event.
"You’re nervous?" asked King. "All these years of experience you have in the business, you’re nervous?" White beamed at him. "The more years that go by," she said, "the more nervouser you get." When he inquired about the nature the skits she’ll do, she didn’t miss a beat: "I’m not backseat driving," she said. "I’ll do whatever they tell me to do."
For the record, she did tell Today’s Meredith Viera that she’ll be doing "very little nudity."
Click here to see the promo for Saturday’s show.
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