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Betty White talks about being on “SNL”

There’s a lot of interest in Betty White hosting Saturday Night Live on May 8.
She tells Entertainment Tonight that she had been asked to host before but she never felt she should do it until a young man began a Facebook campaign last year to get Betty invited to host the long-running NBC late-night show.
The response was so incredible that the invitation went out once again.

“All of a sudden people would tell me that they saw the Facebook thing and all these people had joined in. I couldn’t believe it,” Betty says. “At first I thought they were putting me on. It came out of left field. I was astounded. I told my agent to say, ‘Thank you, I appreciate it, but no thank you.’ He said, ‘You have to do it. If you don’t do it, I will divorce you.’ I love my agent, so I am doing it.”

Betty will be joined by “SNL” alumni Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Molly Shannon, and Jay-Z will be the music guest.

And she is pumped by the company, but Betty says she does have a veto power if there is something she really doesn’t want to do.

She jokes, “They promised me I wouldn’t have to do any nudity.” But on the more serious side, she says, “I won’t do dope jokes. I don’t think dope is a joke. That is about the only no.”

Betty is no stranger to live television. It is where she began her career. She recalls doing five-and-a-half hours six days a week when she began her career, so she loves live television, but she does appreciate that things can go wrong.

“I was doing a song on ‘The Jack Paar Show’ and all of a sudden I lost the lyrics,” she recalls. “It was a song I knew so well, ‘When I Fall in Love.’ I don’t know what happened. I sang something. I made up lyrics as I went along. That was sheer panic, and I have a feeling it is the same kind of panic I may feel when I do ‘Saturday Night Live.’”



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