It’s official: Betty White will host NBC’s Saturday Night Live on May 8, WNBC News announced Thursday morning.
Besides featuring the Golden Girl, who was the subject of a Facebook campaign to get her the gig, the special Mother’s Day episode will also reunite six former female SNL cast members, most of whom happen to be moms: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Molly Shannon, Maya Rudolph, Ana Gasteyer and Rachel Dratch.
The show’s creator-producer, Lorne Michaels, tells USA Today that the Facebook campaign, which kicked in after White’s Super Bowl commercial for Snickers, “took on a groundswell. [White as the host] isn’t something we would have said no to, [but the campaign] validated that, ‘Oh, that’d be fun’ It was the outpouring of affection from fans, and we feel the same way.”
And while White, 88, has no children of her own – except for her golden retriever, Pontiac – Michaels justifies her Mother’s Day appearance by explaining, “She’s the mother of us all in comedy.”