Betty White a Hit as SNL's Oldest Host
A beaming Betty White made a triumphant return home, all smiles as she arrived at the airport in Los Angeles after making TV history as the oldest ever host of Saturday Night Live!
"I'm 88-and-a-half-years old, so it's great to be here for a number of reasons," joked White in her opening monologue.
All that performing clearly didn't tire out the feisty 88-year-old. She was heading to the show's after party at 1:30 a.m., way past her bedtime.
"Betty, how did it go?" an INSIDE EDITION producer asked her.
"We got through it," she replied.
White's glowing reviews are still pouring in.
The Today show said, "White hot." USA Today called her "excellent" and The New York Times raved, "All it took to reinvigorate a 35-year-old comedy show was the presence of an 88-year old woman."
The Golden Girl wowed America, singing, dancing, and showing most of all that she hasn't lost a beat of her perfect comedic timing.
In a sketch about the U.S. Census, Tina Fey played a census worker, asking, "How many people live here?"
"Zero," replied White.
Fey asked, "So, you don't live here?"
"Oh, you mean including me? Three," said White.
It was a star-studded ladies night as SNL's famous female alums, including Tina Fey and Amy Pohler, returned for White's big night. There was so much good material, some skits had to be cut. NBC just released a sketch that never made air in which White plays the grandmother of SNL's classic character Debbie Downer.
The TV legend clearly won over cast members, who sang her praises after the show.
"She's fantastic. She had so much energy," said Fred Armisen.
Amy Pohler said, "Oh it was great!"
"She's unbelievable. So fun, as young as ever," said Ana Gasteyer.
"It was absolutely the greatest moment of my life. She is a machine and had more energy than all of us put together," added Bobby Moynihan.
Musical guest Jay-Z gave a special shout out to the beloved actress as he dedicated his song "to the most incredible Betty White."
And at the end of the show, White was presented with two huge bouquets of white roses.