SAG Life Achievement Recipient Betty White to Host SNL

SAG Life Achievement Recipient Betty White to Host SNL

The people have spoken — and Betty White will host the May 8 episode of Saturday Night Live.

Following White's SAG Life Achievement honor in January, a Facebook campaign was launched imploring SNL to book the funny lady as host. The campaign grew even stronger following White's Super Bowl Snickers commercial.

At 88, the six-time Emmy winner will make history as SNL's oldest host ever, and despite a career that began on live TV and radio, this will be White's first-time hosting SNL in her seven-decade career. SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels tells USA Today that he has "always wanted" the beloved comedienne to host, but White turned him down three times.

Although White has no children of her own — except for Pontiac, her beloved golden retriever — White will be hosting a special Mother's Day episode of SNL, joined by six former stars of the show, most of whom are moms: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Molly Shannon, Maya Rudolph, Ana Gasteyer and Rachel Dratch.

 

Michaels says White is the perfect Mother's Day host because "she's the mother of us all in comedy, so it will be a celebration of Betty White."