Betty White Sweet and Sassy as Always on SNL Debut
Published May 09, 2010
It was Betty White's night on Saturday Night Live as the beloved comedian made her much anticipated hosting debut, appearing in every sketch and challenging Alec Baldwin's Schweddy Balls for double-entendre naughtiness.
Resurrecting NPR's "Delicious Dish" with Molly Shannon and Ana Gasteyer, White dropped by as baker Florence Dusty to show off her signature muffins. "My muffin hasn't had a cherry since 1939," White deadpanned.
In her opening monologue, White reminded viewers that she was not new to live TV, having performed live six days a week for five and a half hours a day on a variety show when she was first starting out in the early '50s. "Of course, back then, we didn't want to do it live. We just didn't know how to tape things," she said. "I don't know what this show's excuse is."
Playing off White's trademark charming and bawdy sense of humor, many of the sketches featured the 88-year-old saying something totally inappropriate, such as when she threatened a trio of teen criminals with a visit to "The Wizard of Ass" in a "Scared Straight" spoof.
There were no Password, Mary Tyler Moore Show or Golden Girls spoofs — except for a "Digital Short" that started out sweet with the cast — and returning alums Shannon, Gasteyer, Tina Fey, Rachel Dratch, Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph — serenading White with "Thank You for Being a Friend" and ended with White's blood-spewing death-metal version of the song. White, who got her Horatio Caine on in a CSI: Sarasota parody set in a retirement home, appeared in all three MacGruber skits as the inept agent's grandmother, to whom he ultimately proposes.