Lorne Michaels Relents: Fine, Betty White Can Host ‘SNL’! (updated)

Pounded into submission, the late-night producer gives in to the Internets and schedules a hosting gig for the comedy icon

Last Updated: March 11, 2010 @ 10:24 AM

Betty White will host "Saturday Night Live" on May 8.

Ending weeks of media speculation and allegedly grassroots Internet demands that White be given the gig, "SNL" creator Lorne Michaels has given in and slotted White to host one of the last shows of the season. Michaels confirmed what everyone sort of already knew in Thursday’s edition of USA Today.

As previously speculated, White will be joined on the Mother’s Day show with a slew of "SNL" femmes from years past, including Tina Fey and Molly Shannon. But White will be the sole host.

UPDATE 10:20 AM: NBC finally put out a press release double-confirming White’s gig.   "I can’t think of a better way to spend Mother’s Day weekend than with Betty White,” Michaels said.

Regarding the fan movement to get White as host, "It took on a groundswell," Michaels told USA Today. "It isn’t something we would have said no to. (But the Internet buzz) validated that, ‘Oh, that’d be fun.’ … It was the outpouring of affection from fans, and we feel the same way."

The White-on-SNL movement took off after the actress appeared in a Super Bowl ad for Snickers. That led to a draft Betty movement on Facebook, endless news items about the idea… and now, a firm date.