The Internet marks another win this weekend, as due to popular Facebook demand, Betty White is finally hosting Saturday Night Live for the first time. I joined a conference call with the former Rose Nylund just last week to discuss her reaction to the Facebook group, why she finally agreed to host SNL and what kinds of jokes she hates (spoiler: it's jokes about weed, just like real old people!). Read on for highlights.
Is there any specific sketch that you'd like to do?
Betty White: I haven't any idea what I'm going to be doing. All I know is I have veto power if it's something I really don't want to do. And they promised me I wouldn't have to do any nudity.
Is there anything Betty White won't do?
Betty White: Yes. I don't -- I won't do any dope jokes. I don't like dope jokes. I don't think dope is a joke. And so that's about the only joke that I would let's say resist doing.
Last year you faced off with Jimmy Fallon in beer pong and he beat you. Can we expect a rematch on SNL?
BW: Oh I'm dying for a rematch. I almost had him. And then at the very last minute he not only beat me, but he drank my beer!
How are you preparing for the late night grind?
BW: If I get four, five good hours a night that's all the sleep I need. And I'm blessed with good energy thanks to being blessed with good health. So the physical part of Saturday Night Live doesn't worry me at all. It's just the hoping I can do justice to all those other great people who were on there.
Are you surprised by the appeal you have with such a young audience, people who weren't even born when Golden Girls was still on the air?
BW: Well the amazing thing is some of the kids grew up with me, but their parents also grew up with me and in many cases their grandparents grew up with me. I've just sort of been around in there, you know, as a fixture. When I do a book signing or anything like that the kids come up and they weren't born when Mary Tyler Moore came on. And now as you say, even when Golden Girls was on the air they hadn't been born yet. But that's what comes of good writing. The writing on both those shows were -- that's what keeps bringing them back and makes them work for any generation because it's funny.
When and how did you become aware of the Facebook campaign to get you as an SNL host?
BW: Well all of a sudden people would tell me that they saw the Facebook thing. And all these people had joined in. And I couldn't believe it. At first I thought they were putting me on. But 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. And if you don't do it I'll divorce you. And I love my agent so here I am doing it.
Do you have a Facebook account?
BW: No. I'm a technological spaz.
What do you think the Craig Ferguson appearances have done for your new appeal?
BW: They've been the most fun of anything I've done. He is just incredible. He's a good friend. But the only thing is we can't ever dare make eye contact when we're working together or we both crack up. I don't know why. We just tickle each other. I love him.
What are you most nervous about?
BW: The fact that I understand you work from cue cards. And I never have been able to work from cue cards. I memorize everything or ad lib it. And I know with the changing scripts and it changes as you speak I know that won't be possible. And with cue cards I hope I don't have to wear my glasses. I hope the print is big enough. If it isn't I'll do the show with my glasses.
What would you like to see Betty White do on Saturday night? Pitch your sketches below!
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