The year is, unfortunately, ending with a bit of a melancholy note with the news that Betty White has passed away just 17 days before her 100th birthday.
Already in the hours since the announcement, there have been emotional stories and tidbits shared from all over. Betty White hosted Saturday Night Live in 2010. In the process, she became the oldest person to host the show at 88 years old. Honestly, it is amazing that she hadn’t hosted the show earlier in her life.
It was a huge night for the show in the ratings. It was the most-watched show in over a year for SNLat the time. Over 12 million people watched the show in total. Seth Meyers, a longtime former cast member of the show remembers the night. Check out his tweet below and see for yourself.
“RIP Betty White,” Meyers started his tweet. “The only SNL host I ever saw get a standing ovation at the after party. A party at which she ordered a vodka and a hotdog and stayed til the bitter end.”
If that story doesn’t encapsulate the spirit and aura of the legendary actress, I’m not sure what does. White seemed to exude fun, confidence, and coolness. In a way, she was like America’s grandmother. Or perhaps our wild great aunt that always seems to be the life of the party.
It is clear from Meyers’ story and from the countless other examples we have over the years, that Betty White was a unique icon. She was her own cultural force that charmed and impressed generations of fans. From radio to TV, she made us laugh, smile, and enjoy life a little bit more.
Betty White Won a Primetime Emmy for ‘SNL’ Performance
It is amazing to think that an internet petition got White to host SNL. But, it’s true. It turned out to be a great move. Not only did it pull in the viewers, but it also earned the show and the host a big award. Over the course of her career, White won five primetime Emmy Awards. Her fifth was for her hosting performance on the late-night sketch show.
White won Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series in 2010 for her performance on SNL. The award marked the fifth time she had snagged a Primetime Emmy. Her first came in 1975 for Oustanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. She would take the award back to back with a follow-up win in 1976.
During her career that spanned decades upon decades, Betty White made a huge impact on television and entertainment in America. From sketch comedy to sitcom series, she could do it all. Few stars have had the longevity that she had.