Betty White is being touted as Hollywood's oldest comeback kid, but really the comedian—known for her starring roles in The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Golden Girls—never left. Still, after 62 years in the business, she's enjoying a surge in popularity and isn't done adding to her résumé. Her newest gig? Hosting Saturday Night Live. After a Facebook campaign and more than 500,000 fans demanded "Betty White to Host SNL (please?)!", Lorne Michaels and the gang have bestowed her with the honor of hosting this year's May 8 Mother's Day episode. Recently, Betty opened up about her rejuvenated popularity, what jokes she will never tell and her SNL jitters.
So, what do you think of this newfound popularity?
It blows my mind. I can't get over at my age what all's going on. So all I can do is roll with the punches and enjoy it thoroughly and be grateful for it.
How did you find out about the Facebook campaign to get you as a Saturday Night Live
Well, all of a sudden people would tell me that they saw this Facebook thing and all these people had joined in. I couldn't believe it. At first I thought they were putting me on, because it just came out of left field and I was astounded. I told my agent to please say: "Thank you. I appreciate it, but no thank you," and he said: "You have to do it. If you don't do it, I'll divorce you." I love my agent, so here I am doing it.