“SNL” close to landing Betty White

When a grassroots campaign involves
both Facebook and a beloved “Golden Girl,” the scope of its influence
cannot be underestimated.

Sources confirm that “Saturday
Night Live” is thisclose to signing TV legend Betty White to host the show
for the very first time.

But there’s a catch — and a pretty
cool one at that.

White would not be hosting alone.
Rather, “SNL” is putting together a “Women of Comedy” episode
that would team the former Rose Nylund with several of her younger contemporaries.
Ex-“SNL” MVP Molly Shannon is on board, and feelers have also been
put out to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. (An NBC spokesperson insists no one has
been confirmed at this time.)

This tag-team approach will allow
Lorne Michaels to appease White-on-“SNL” zealots (half a million and counting!) without making the 88-year-old
shoulder the burden of all 90 minutes on her own.