Betty White Rejected Hosting ‘Saturday Night Live’ Three Times Before 2010

by Hannah Heser

With Betty White’s recent passing just weeks before her 100th birthday, people are reminiscing on her long career. And recently, a report said Betty White rejected an opportunity to host Saturday Night Live three times before 2010. Despite her love for the show, why would she want to reject an opportunity as exciting as this?

Throughout her 75- year-long career in the spotlight, this wasn’t the only gig she turned down. That is, sometimes actors need a little time for themselves since hosting a show is a huge responsibility. However, it didn’t take long for Miss White to change her mind and say yes. All it took was a little convincing from a dear friend and she was on her way to New York City in no time.

But, how did one close friend change her mind? Well, the Outsider team has the news for you. And you’re going to want to sit back and relax for this. Let’s get to it!

The Reason Betty White Rejected Hosting ‘Saturday Night Live’ Before 2010

Firstly, the SNL host at the time, Lorne Michaels’, wanted Betty White to appear on his show in 2010. As famous as she was, everybody had her in their eyes.

In a 2010 interview, Michaels remembers asking White to host during that time period, according to People Magazine. Although, facing three rejections makes a person want to stop asking. So, he did.

Not too long after, longtime agent and close friend of White’s, Jeff Witjas, convinces her to say yes. I’m sure everyone is wondering why White listens to Jeff over Lorne, but that’s beside the point. At this point, we’re just happy that Miss White changed her mind. Because let me tell you, she stole the show.

Once everything was finalized, Michaels decided to go all out. And how did he do that, you ask?

Well, he decided to go all out with a few alumnae, such as Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Molly Shannon and a few other legends for a Mothers Day Eve Show, according to People.

“It was an incredible experience,” Witjas said in a recent interview with People. “Betty debated long and hard about traveling to New York for this, but I told her she must do it.” After all, it could be a life-changing experience. Furthermore, she trusted him and took the gig. Honestly, who wouldn’t want to host a Saturday Night Live show? Because it sounds like an unbelievable experience! Don’t you agree?

Additionally, you can check out a clip of White’s astounding SNL debut at 88-years-old below.

The Ending of a Fabulous Night

Overall, Betty White had a fabulous experience on the show and we will remember this moment forever.

To end the interview with People, Witjas said he was thrilled with Betty’s response to the special night.

“It was one of the best weeks that Betty had, and that I had with her.”