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Betty White leaving her 'SNL' host fate in Lorne Michaels' hands

February 15, 2010 |  4:05 pm

Betty white The ball is in your court, Lorne Michaels.

I just got off the phone with the legendary Betty White, and despite her busy schedule the actress hasn't missed the  Facebook push to name her as a host of "Saturday Night Live."

"I don’t know where that came from," White said. "That came out of left field. I understand they’ve had all of these hits."

So is the 88-year-old up to the task of holding court at 30 Rock?

"That would be up to Lorne Michaels."

White said she'd have to think on who her dream musical guest would be, because the showbiz veteran has plenty on her plate.

She's in Las Vegas accepting a lifetime achievement award from the Morris Animal Foundation and Proctor & Gamble's pet division Iams/Eukanuba. White has been affiliated with the group for 43 years, but don't call her an activist.

"I’m not into any of the political side, I’m all health and welfare."

Speaking of health and welfare, White's "Golden Girls" gal pal Rue McClanahan, who had bypass surgery in November, suffered a minor stroke in mid-January. "Ruesie had a little health problem," White said, "but she's back home in New York and feeling better. I’m delighted and thrilled to report that."

Next up, White will promote her female revenge flick "You Again," costarring Sigourney Weaver, Kristen Chenoweth, Kristen Bell and Jamie Lee Curtis.

"Poor Victor Garber was caught in the middle of us," White said of the girls club. "We danced around the whole time."

Keep dancing, Betty. "You Again" is slated for release in September.

-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Betty White at January's TV Academy Hall of Fame Induction. Credit: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images.

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