May 24, 2017

Betty White boosts SNL ratings

By Greg Hernandez Enjoyed the hell out of Betty White’s appearance on Saturday Night Live.

It’s been ages since I’ve stayed awake throughout an entire episode but you really didn’t want to miss any of Betty who, at 88-and-a-half-years-young was in most of the sketches. She elevated every scene she was in.

My main quibble was no appearances of her iconic TV characters Sue Ann Nivens and Rose Nyland. It would have been so great to see them drop into some kind of new situation.

Anyway, Betty helped SNL reached its largest TV audience in 18 months during a Mother’s Day show that saw the TV icon star make fun of her age, Facebook, sex and utter the phrase, “Wizard of Ass” – twice!

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About Greg Hernandez

Greg Hernandez has written about the entertainment world for more than a decade. He is a veteran of covering many Academy Awards shows (plus Emmys, Grammys and Golden Globes) as well as film festivals, movie premieres and philanthropic events. Hernandez founded the popular Out In Hollywood blog while a writer and columnist for the "Los Angeles Daily News." He’s also a former staff writer at the "Los Angeles Times" and "The Hollywood Reporter" and has been a contributing writer to "The Advocate." Greg is the founder and editor of

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  • May 10, 2010 | Permalink |

    Is it just me, or is her Ellen Harper of “Mama’s Family” her funniest character? I certainly think so. I loved Sue Ann Niven’s bitchiness, although her Rose Nylund was a little too airheaded for me. However, her Ellen was perfectly vain, catty and acerbic to Mama (Vicki Lawrence) and her sister Eunice (Carol Burnett).

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