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Fans want Betty White for Emmys, Oscars -- can the White House be far behind? [poll]

May 11, 2010 | 11:03 am

Betty-white-hotdog-webIf at first you do succeed, try again -- with your sights set on something bigger and better.

Betty White fans have ramped up a new Facebook campaign, this time aiming to put her in the driver's seat at the Academy Awards. With "Saturday Night Live" hosting now on her resume, she'd fit right in with previous hosts Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin, both of whom have a long history with the late-night show. And with White's lauded comedic timing, perhaps she's just what next year's Oscar broadcast needs.

And if she needs to warm up before that global event? Well, another Facebook group is pushing for her to bump Jimmy Fallon from the gig and head up the Emmy Awards.

The Facebook page urging "SNL" to nab her as a host has logged more than half a million fans -- or, in new FB parlance, half a million people who "like" the idea -- between its launch in February and White's "SNL" performance Saturday. Apparently, that was enough to get Lorne Michaels' ear.

How many people have to like you before Oscar might listen? We shall see. And just watch -- if White were to snake the Emmys gig from Fallon, perhaps the queen of England better start watching her back.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Betty White attends the unveiling of the Betty White "Naked" hot dog at the opening of Pink's Hot Dogs at Universal CityWalk on April 19. Credit: David Livingston / Getty Images

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