Thank you for being a friend, Internet: You finally got Betty White that “SNL” hosting gig

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OHMIGOD THE INNERWEBS JUST EXPLODED. The most unlikely online meme of the past few months has come true, as Betty White is confirmed to host “Saturday Night Live” on May 8.
Here are the details from NBC:

Legendary and multiple Emmy Award winner Betty White will take her long-anticipated turn at hosting NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” on May 8. White will make her first appearance in Studio 8H.

The six-time Emmy winner and cultural icon will host “SNL” for the first time in her illustrious seven-decade-long career. White is best known for her performance as Rose Nylund on NBC’s “The Golden Girls,” the beloved comedy series that aired from 1985 to 1992. Previously, she co-starred as Sue Ann Nivens in the classic comedy series “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”

In January, White was the proud recipient of the 2010 SAG Lifetime Achievement Award. White appeared in the 2009 romantic-comedy feature film “The Proposal,” alongside Ryan Reynolds and Oscar winner Sandra Bullock, and can be seen again this fall in the film “You Again,” starring Kristin Bell.

“I can’t think of a better way to spend Mother’s Day weekend than with Betty White ” said Lorne Michaels, Creator and Executive Producer of SNL.

All those years dominating NBC’s Saturday nights, and Betty White never made it to “SNL” in the 1980s? This is more than just a cool hosting announcement. This is “Saturday Night Live” righting a long-standing wrong. It’s like awarding a medal of honor years later. Kudos to everyone involved.

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  1. Bettyfan says:

    I do worry that all this hype will lead to great expectations. SNL blows to begin with.

  2. Jon Weisman says:

    I love Betty, but I can’t help thinking this can’t be anything but a disappointment.

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