May 9, 2010

Betty White Does SNL

The legendary Betty White hosted the Mother's Day episode of Saturday Night Live. Bringing her effervescent humor to the small screen once again, the 88-year-old showed the younger crowd how it's done.

On Facebook, which helped land Betty the hosting gig: 
"You know, I have so many people to thank for being here, but I really have to thank Facebook. When I first heard about the campaign to get me to host Saturday Night Live, I didn't know what Facebook was. And now that I do know what it is, I have to say, it sounds like a huge waste of time. I would never say that the people on it are losers, but that's only because I'm polite. People say, 'Well 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 a ouigi board. Needless to say, we didn't have Facebook when I was growing up. We had phonebooks, but you wouldn't waste an afternoon on it. Facebook just sounds like a drag. In my day, seeing pictures of peoples' vacations was considered to be a punishment. ANd when we were kids, we didn't say we were single. We were just kids! It was weird if we weren't single. Yes, we had poking, but it wasn't something you did on a computer. It was something you did on a hay-ride, under a blanket."
On her life:
"Things were a lot different when I was growing up. My father Horace was a traveling salesman who moved our family to California during the Great Depression. I mean, that's the kind of stuff you only read about in novels. And to think I've lived through a World War, worked on radio and films, on Mary Tyler Moore and on the Golden Girls. And now I'm here tonight because you wanted me to be. I feel so loved. Thank you. If I could, I would take you all on a big hayride."

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