Betty White Won Her Last Primetime Emmy Award in 2010 for Hosting ‘Saturday Night Live’

by Kati Michelle

Although the details surrounding her sudden and unexpected death are still developing, one thing’s for sure. That’s the fact that we just lost an absolute gem. No one could have guessed that we’d be saying goodbye to Betty White this New Year’s Eve just shortly before the icon’s 100th birthday. Seventeen days to be exact.

As the internet begins to mourn this great loss, we’d like to honor Betty White by remembering some of her biggest career milestones. She raked in several impressive achievements over the years, even earning a Grammy at one point for Best Spoken Word Album. The rest of the lifetime achievement awards are also plentiful, but she took home her last Primetime Emmy Award in 2010. She earned it for hosting the famed “Saturday Night Live” comedy show.

Betty White Made ‘Saturday Night Live’ History As Host

Comedy is where the actress shined the most and that’s particularly evident with her SNL monologue from 2010. Betty White was 88 years old (or 88 and a half, as she liked to say) at the time of filming. This meant that the star actually made “Saturday Night Live” history that night. She was the oldest person to ever host the show. That’s actually the first joke she started the night off with.

“Many of you know I’m 88 and a half years old. So it’s great to be here for a number of reasons.”

She then joked about how much Hollywood had changed and why her first television shows were never filmed live. “We didn’t know how to tape things,” she said.

You can watch the full monologue here:

Betty White’s appearance on the show was a smash hit. Lorne Michaels brought back several former cast members for the episode including Tina Fey, Ana Gasteyer, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, and Molly Shannon.

The show earned its highest ratings in over a year with the airing of the episode, earning a 5.8 rating in the most important demographic of all—the 18 to 49-year-olds. In total, approximately 12.1 million people tuned in to watch Betty White host.

She Also Made an Appearance at the Show’s 40th Anniversary

“Saturday Night Live” first premiered on October 11th of 1975 as “Saturday Night.” The show celebrated its 40th anniversary with an “SNL40” special on prime-time TV in 2015. The event aired for three-and-a-half hours and brought back a lot of familiar faces, including Betty White.

One particular sketch involving the icon garnered a lot of attention. A soap opera-style spoof, the “Californians” saw Betty White kiss the pool boy played by Bradley Cooper at the time. It sent social media into a spin and made people love the Hollywood icon even more.

You can watch it here: