Betty White hosted Saturday Night Live in 2008 (Picture: Getty)
Saturday Night Live has been praised by fans for airing a special tribute episode to the late Betty White.
Golden Girls actress White died on New Year’s Eve just weeks before her 100th birthday.
On Saturday, Saturday Night Live aired the May 8, 2010 episode which saw White host the show with Jay Z appearing as the musical guest.
White became the oldest person to front the late-night comedy series at the age of 88 and she appeared in every skit.
The episode also featured former SNL cast members Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Molly Shannon, Maya Rudolph, Ana Gasteyer and Rachel Dratch and drew over 12 million viewers.
White became the oldest person to host the comedy series at 88 (Picture: Getty)
White came to host the beloved show after a huge Facebook campaign urged NBC to invite her to headline.
David Matthews from Texas launched the appeal page ‘Betty White to Host SNL (please?)!’ after the comedy legend appeared in a popular Snickers Super Bowl advert.
After just a matter of weeks, several hundred thousand fans had signed the petition, and it was announced that she would be hosting a special Mother’s Day episode.
Viewers delighted in SNL’s decision to air the instalment and applauded the move.
‘Thank you, thank you, Saturday Night Live, @nbcsnl and all involved in making the decision to put America’s BELOVED Betty White’s episode on tonight,’ one person wrote. ‘Watching, laughing and crying a bit.’
Echoing a similar sentiment, another penned: ‘We’ll done, #SNL. Running the episode with Betty White as host, tonight, is a great tribute!’
During her career, White wrote several books and won five Primetime Emmy Awards out of 21 nominations, as well as a handful of other top accolades.
The screen veteran was also named the female entertainer with the longest television career by Guinness World Records, having started out in 1939.
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