Posted by: Laura Phillips Garner | March 8, 2010

Facebook+Betty White=SNL

A half a million Facebook fans encourage Saturday Night Live to offer hosting gig to veteran comedic actress, Betty White.

EDITOR’S NOTE: NBC has announced that Betty White will host “Saturday Night Live” on May 8, 2010.
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A Facebook movement of nearly a half a million fans calling for veteran comedic actress Betty White to appear on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” has been granted its wish.

“People” magazine and CNN.com are reporting that the actress who played Sue Ann Nivens on the “Mary Tyler Moore Show” on CBS in the 1970s and Rose Nylund on the “Golden Girls” on NBC in the 1980s has signed to appear in a future episode of SNL. White had scoffed at the possibility less than a month ago.

Betty White Superfan David Matthews organized the Facebook fan page, “Betty White to Host SNL (please?)!” December 30, 2009, in honor of White’s 88th birthday January 17, 2010, and it continued to flourish with White’s comedic turn with Abe Vigoda in a Snickers commercial that aired during the Super Bowl February 7. The page encouraged the producers of SNL “to honor White’s career, comedic timing and her life by inviting her to host Saturday Night Live.” White co-starred with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds as Grandma Annie in 2009’s “The Proposal.”

Hours after the news broke, hundreds of fans on the Betty White Facebook fan page were expressing their jubilation at the news and talking about Betty White Meetup parties, flash mobs and other ideas for how they can make White’s SNL episode the most watched in the history of the 35-year-old show. They also were suggesting ideas for sketches and potential cameo appearances by Vigoda and Rue McLanahan, who played Rose’s roommate, Blanche Devereaux.

“And Betty White fans rejoice with the news that she confirmed SNL! Never underestimate the power of Betty White fans in large numbers.;)….,” commented Jose L. Medina to other fans on the “Betty White to Host SNL (please?)!” Facebook Fan page.

An indication of the power of Facebook and its capacity to bring people together to precipitate change came with this exchange on the page:

Amie Selecman commented, “YEEEHAAWWWW!!!! Just shows what people can do when they work together!!” to which Linda Alcardo replied, “You are right, should we set our minds to fixing the economy, too??? LOL.”

Lauren Dugan of allfacebook.com predicts that pages like Betty White to Host SNL (please)! could spark a trend where the audience determines the entertainment they want to see.

Hint to SNL writers: Check out the posts on the page! Give the Betty White Facebook fans what they want!

–Laura Phillips Garner

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Responses

  1. I wonder if she’ll have to eat a Snickers or get tackled when she appears….

  2. Love me some Betty White. Can’t wait to see her on SNL. The power of Facebook is so great that I’m viewing your awesome blog & commenting on it straight from your FB page 🙂

  3. It really is funny to think that there are Betty White “Superfans.” I mean, she’s awesome, but – superfans? The Internet’s just weird.


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