After an unofficial confirmation from Betty White herself, executive producers of "Saturday Night Live" have released the official announcement on Thursday, March 11. The "Golden Girls" star will host on May 8 as part of the Mother's Day celebratory episode. "She's the mother of us all in comedy, so it will be a celebration of Betty White," Lorne Michaels said.
Michaels admitted that he has always wanted White as a host but was always declined. But it was her appearance on the Super Bowl ad this year that finally lit the fuse and prompted a Facebook campaign drawing more than half a million supporters. "It was the outpouring of affection from fans, and we feel the same way," Michaels said.
"Years ago, I turned it down three times. It's so New York, and I'm not New York at all," White said. "But my agent said he'd divorce me if I didn't do it, and I love my agent," she added, referring to Jeff Witjas.
The episode will also be a reunion of the shows' past comediennes such as Molly Shannon, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Rachel Dratch, Maya Rudolph and Ana Gasteyer. However, White will still be the sole host because the execs want her to perform as much as she wants to do.