Thank you for being a friend! Betty White on “Saturday Night Live” is the best thing you will see all day!
Global (02 January 2022) – Betty White – the golden girl of television – returned to TV for one last show on Saturday night.
A pioneer of early television, with a career spanning seven decades, White was noted for her extensive work in the entertainment industry. She was among the first women to exert control in front of and behind the camera and the first woman to produce a sitcom (Life with Elizabeth), which contributed to her being named honorary Mayor of Hollywood in 1955. White is often referred to as “the First Lady of Television”, a title used for a 2018 documentary detailing her life and career.
White died at her home in the Brentwood neighbourhood of Los Angeles, California, on the 31st of December 2021, aged 99, seventeen days shy of her 100th birthday.
U.S. President Joe Biden released a statement upon her death, describing her as a “lovely lady” and a “cultural icon who will be sorely missed”. Former First Lady Michelle Obama also expressed her sympathy on social media, writing White “broke barriers, defied expectations, served her country, and pushed us all to laugh. … Barack and I join so many around the world who will miss the joy she brought to the world.” Many other celebrities also paid tribute, including Ryan Reynolds, Sandra Bullock, Ellen DeGeneres, Seth Meyers, Conan O’Brien, Bob Iger, Paul Feig, Andy Cohen, and Kathy Griffin. The United States Army also gave its condolences as White served in the army during World War II in the American Women’s Voluntary Services.
And Saturday Night Live paid tribute to White by re-airing her 2010 show one day after news of her passing sent shockwaves through everyone who watched White on screen for decades. White hosted the show back in 2010 after a successful fan campaign on Facebook. She set a record that episode as the oldest person to host – at the time, she was 88. Jay-Z was the musical guest.
The long-running sketch comedy show announced the tribute in a tweet Saturday afternoon, with the message “Rest in Peace, Betty White.”
Rest in Peace, Betty White ❤️
Watch Betty’s episode of SNL tonight on NBC. pic.twitter.com/7W5CjxiKvG
— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) January 1, 2022
The show should air on DSTV in the next couple of days, but until then, here are six videos from SNL that will make you laugh until you cry.