Betty White fans push for her to replace Jimmy Fallon as Emmys host -- and take over every award show [updated]
It looks like there’s no stopping the Betty White train. After the 88-1/2-year-old’s successful turn as host of “Saturday Night Live” this weekend, her fans have set their sights on a new target: to install her as host of the 2010 Emmys.
A new campaign on Facebook acknowledges that NBC late-night host Jimmy Fallon has already been tapped for the job, but it calls White “Ms. Television” and argues that after her “SNL” gig, “she is more than worthy of hosting the 2010 Emmys.” The effort was first reported by the New York Post.
As of Tuesday morning, fewer than 700 people had signed on in support, but a similar campaign calling for White to host “SNL” eventually logged more than 500,000 fans.
“If this works, then Facebook has a future as a casting agent,” reads the message on the Betty White Must Host 2010 Emmys! page.
A spokesman for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
[Updated at 12:04 p.m.: The White phenomenon just keeps metastasizing. The Facebook page Getting Betty White to Host the Academy Awards has already amassed almost 20,000 followers. And now there's a Get Betty White to host the MTV Music Awards campaign. It's unclear if she's going to be able to fit all these shows in her schedule. The former "Golden Girls" star is working on her next project: the TV Land sitcom "Hot in Cleveland."]
[Updated at 2:10 p.m.: The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences offered up this good-spirited response when asked about the effort to depose Fallon in favor of White: "There is no doubt that Betty White did an amazing job on 'Saturday Night Live' last weekend. She is a very talented actress, but we have the utmost confidence in Jimmy as this year’s Emmy host. That’s not to say viewers should rule out an appearance by Betty during the show!"]
— Matea Gold (Follow me on Twitter @mateagold.)
Photo: Betty White. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times