Earlier tonight, Betty White made her hugely anticipated debut as host of Saturday Night Live as a result of a campaign on Facebook resulting in over 500,000 people joining the Betty White to Host SNL (please?)! group.
And in her opening Monologue, what started out as a seemingly genuine thank you to her fans on Facebook quickly turned into a rant about how Facebook is a waste of time.
“I have so many people to thank for being here. But I really have to thank Facebook. When I first heard about the campaign to get me to host Saturday Night Live, I didn’t know what Facebook was. And now that I do know what it is, I have to say, it sounds like a huge waste of time. I would never say that people on it are losers, but that’s just because I’m polite.”
Did her remarks offend people? It doesn’t seem so. The comments on Twitter all seem very positive and fans raved about her performance tonight. This, so far, is an opposite response to when William Shatner hosted SNL in 1986 and in a sketch about a Star Trek convention told a group of “trekkies” to “get a life.” And back then, there was no Twitter to create an instant groundswell.
The best line in her monologue? “Needless to say, we didn’t have Facebook when I was growing up. We had Phonebook but you wouldn’t waste an afternoon on it.”
And using Google Insights for Search to help predict interest over time, it's clear that at 88.5 years old, Betty White has blasted off once again.