Betty White Blasts Facebook, Thanks Fans In SNL Monologue

Betty White kicked off her long-anticipated Saturday Night Live hosting gig by addressing the Facebook movement that brought her to the show in the first place.

While she knocked the service, she was very gracious and thankful to her fans.

White first joked about the live nature of the show. “Back then we didn’t want to do it live, we just didn’t know how to tape things,” she said. “So I don’t know what this show’s excuse is.”

Then she turned her attention to the new media movement. “I really have to thank Facebook,” she said, but admitted she wasn’t aware of its existence until the campaign began. And once she learned about what it was: “It sounds like a huge waste of time.”

Comparing her youth to the youth of today (who spend hours on Facebook), she said, “Facebook just sounds like a drag. In my day seeing pictures of people’s vacation was considered a punishment.”

But after some old vs. new media juxtaposition, she addressed her fans, beaming in appreciation: “I’m here tonight because you wanted me to be.”

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