Betty White Estate Remembers ‘The Golden Girls’ Icon’s Appearance at SNL’s 40th Anniversary

by Samantha Whidden

Just a few months after she passed away at the age of 99, the Betty White Estate is remembering the “Golden Girls” Icon’s appearance on SNL’s 40th Anniversary. 

In a recent Instagram post, the Betty White Estate shared a snapshot of the “The Golden Girls” star celebrating the long-running comedy sketch series. “Somehow I missed Monday, so… Happy Tuesday. Here’s a fun one! All dressed up for SNL 40th anniversary and the stuffy was her plus one.”

Betty White hosted during SNL’s 35th season in 2010. During her monologue, White declared, “I can’t believe I’m hosting ‘Saturday Night Live. I’m sure many of you know that I’m 88 and a half years old so it’s, well, it’s great to be here for no reason.”

Betty White also shared that she’s not new to live TV. “In 1952, I starred in my first live sitcom, which is ‘Life For Elizabeth.’ And of course, back then, we didn’t want to do it live. We just didn’t know how to tape things. So I don’t know what this show’s excuse is.”

Betty White Acknowledged the Facebook Petition That Got Her the ‘SNL’ Gig

Betty White went on to thank various people for allowing her to host the SNL. However, she really gave her fans on Facebook a shoutout. “When I first heard about the petition trying to get me to host ‘Saturday Night Live,’ I didn’t know what Facebook was. And know that I do know what it is, I have to say, it sounds like a huge waste of time.”

However, while she wouldn’t say anyone on the social media platform is a loser, Betty White noted that because she was polite. “People say, ‘But Betty, Facebook is a great way to connect with old friends.’ Well, at my age, if I want to connect with old friends, I need an Ouija board.”

Betty White reflected on not having Facebook when she was growing up. She joked that instead of having a social media platform, she had a phonebook. “But you wouldn’t waste an afternoon on it. Facebook just sounds like a drag. In my day, seeing pictures of people’s vacations was considered a punishment. And when we were kids, we didn’t say we were single. We were just kids!”

Betty White only hosted one episode of “SNL.” The Facebook page “Betty White to Host SNL… Please?” helped attracted SNL producers to the actress. The page had nearly 200,000 fans. 

Although she was grateful to host SNL once, Fox News reported that Betty White rejected the show three times before saying yes. At the time of her passing, Betty White’s agent and close friend Jeff Witjas said the reason behind her previous saying no to the show was because she didn’t want to go to New York City to do the gig.