If it was good enough for "Saturday Night Live," Betty White fans are hoping that a new Facebook campaign will land the frosty haired sitcom star the host’s gig at next year’s Oscars.
White’s turn was spurred in part by the over 500,000 people who joined a Facebook group lobbying for her to be a guest host on the late night program.
Less than 24 hours after her "Saturday Night Live" stint, the social media world was abuzz with a fresh effort. Launched Sunday, the page already has over 22,000 fans calling for White to take over master of ceremony duties on Hollywood’s biggest nights.
While White doesn’t have many big screen credits to her name, save a scene stealing turn in last year’s "The Proposal," she is a ratings draw.
Last weekend’s Mother’s Day episode with White was "Saturday Night Live"s’ highest rated broadcast since Nov. 1, 2008, when Ben Affleck hosted and Republican Presidential nominee John McCain was a special guest. The White helmed show averaged an 8.8 rating/21 share among 56 local markets tracked by Nielsen and drew a 5.1/20 share among adults 18 to 49.
"The Golden Girls" star also earned rhapsodic reviews from critics for her portrayal of a double entendre prone baker and a ditzy woman being interviewed by a census taker. Much stronger notices than Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin received for their co-hosting gig at last year’s Oscars.
Not content with getting White a gig at the Academy Awards, Facebook groups have also launched to bring the sitcom legend back for another turn as "Saturday Night Live" host and are campaigning for her to host the MTV Movie Awards in June.