Betty White to Host SNL in May

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Betty White is finally making her debut as a Saturday Night Live host.

The 88-year-old former Golden Girl — who appeared in last summer's The Proposal and got tackled during a Snickers Super Bowl commercial — will host SNL's May 8 episode, NBC confirms.

SNL's executive producer Lorne Michaels, who says he has "always wanted" White to host the show, was moved by the nearly half a million fans who petitioned to get her a spot via Facebook's "Betty White to Host SNL (please?)!" group.

"It took on a groundswell," Michaels tells USA Today of the fan movement. "It isn't something we would have said no to," but the campaign "validated that, 'Oh, that'd be fun.' … It was the outpouring of affection from fans, and we feel the same way."

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Taking the reins for SNL's Mother's Day episode, White has long been pursued as a host.

"Years ago, I turned it down three times," White says. "It's so New York, and I'm not New York at all. But my agent said he'd divorce me if I didn't do it, and I love my agent."

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