For ‘SNL’ … Betty White + MTM?

For ‘SNL’ … Betty White + MTM? reports that the fan campaign to get Saturday Night Live‘s Lorne Michaels to extend an invitation to the legend – no, the national treasure – that is Betty White, to host SNL, is close to becoming a success.

The catch? White wouldn’t host an episode an alone, because of concern that the 88-year-old Emmy winner shouldn’t have to “shoulder the burden” of hosting a whole 90-minute show by herself.

Fair enough, though, instead of bringing back a slew of former SNL-ers to co-star with White in a “Women of Comedy” episode, as reports is likely to happen, why not take the opportunity to make something truly awesome happen and reunite Betty White with fellow Golden Girls star Rue McClanahan (who turned 75 earlier this week) and Mary Tyler Moore Show cohorts Mary Tyler Moore, Cloris Leachman, Valerie Harper and Georgia Engel to host SNL?

THAT’S a Women of Comedy line-up! Among them, Engel is the only one who hasn’t won an Emmy (though she’s been nominated five times, most recently for her stint as Robert’s mother-in-law on Everybody Loves Raymond).

And lest anyone complain that the Emmy-winning sitcom legends might not draw an audience to the show – a ridiculous statement, obviously, when nearly half a million people have signed on to the Betty-for-SNL Facebook campaign – consider that both White and Leachman are still active in primetime. White will star in TV Land’s fall sitcom Hot in Cleveland (with Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick), while Leachman is attached to the sitcom pilot Keep Hope Alive, My Name Is Earl creator Greg Garcia‘s quirky comedy about a twentysomething guy who becomes a single dad when his one-night-stand babymama ends up on death row.

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