Betty White’s SNL episode to rerun tonight as stars from Sandra Bullock to Robert Redford pay homage E! News UK

BETTY White’s Saturday Night Live episode is scheduled to premiere tonight as stars from Sandra Bullock to Robert Redford pay homage to the late star.

The Golden Girl star – whose Hollywood career spanned nearly nine decades – died early on New Years Eve, just weeks before celebrating her 100th birthday on Jan.17.

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As a tribute to the star, NBC will rebroadcast the 2010 episode of Saturday Night Live which was hosted by Betty on New Years Day at 11:30 p.m. ET.

The episode originally aired on May 8 and starred special guest Jay-Z.

Betty was chosen to host after a Facebook campaign to include her on the show took off.

However, Betty had initially declined offers to host the hit comedy show in the past.

“After three refusals, I stopped asking,” SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels told Entertainment Weekly at the time. “But it seemed like fun to me when the Facebook thing started. ”

White referred to the campaign in his opening monologue, saying, “When I first heard about the campaign to make me host Saturday Night Live, I had no idea what Facebook was. “

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However, Betty remained reluctant, according to an interview with the outlet at the time.

“I said to my agent, ‘Thank you very much, I appreciate it, but no thank you.’ People have had such an overdose of me – they don’t need me anymore! And he said, ‘You have to do it. If you don’t, I’ll get a divorce! ‘ Betty said.

During the show, Betty portrayed an old woman who annoys a census taker – who was played by Tina Fey.

The Golden Girl also played a prisoner’s grandmother and a baker on NPR’s Delicious Dish.

THE SHOW WILL CONTINUE

It was also announced on Saturday that a film showcasing Betty’s incredible life will still be shown in theaters to commemorate her 100th birthday later this month.

The release of a special tribute filmed before the celebration, Betty White: 100 Years Young, will still go as planned, film producers Steve Boettcher and Mike Trinklein have assured.

In a statement to the NY Post, the couple said, “Our hearts mourn today with the passing of Betty White. Over the many years that we have worked with her, we have developed a great love and admiration for Betty as a person and as an accomplished artist.

“We are grateful for the many decades of fun she has brought to everyone. Betty has always said she was “the luckiest on two feet” to have had such a long career. And honestly, we’ve been the lucky ones to have it for so long.

“We will move forward with our plans to show the film on January 17th in the hopes that our film will provide everyone who loved her with a way to celebrate her life – and find out what made her a national treasure. “

The documentary special will showcase White’s incredible eight-decade career on the small screen and feature special appearances from a host of stars, including Ryan Reynolds, Tina Fey, Lin Manuel Miranda and a number of others.

He will revisit some of his most famous performances from The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Golden Girls, in addition to clips from his first sitcom, The Life with Elizabeth, which first aired in 1953.

THE STAR IS DEAD IN THE NEW YEAR

Betty White died at her Los Angeles home early Friday morning at the age of 99.

A source close to the star said she has no illnesses and does not suffer from any specific illnesses. She is believed to have died of natural causes.

Her agent and friend Jeff Witjas said in a statement to PEOPLE: “Even though Betty was about to turn 100, I thought she would live forever.

“I will miss her terribly, as will the animal world she loved so much. I don’t think Betty was ever afraid to die because she always wanted to be with her most beloved husband Allen Ludden. She believed she would be with him again.

Fans of the beloved actress have paid tribute to White online for the past 24 hours in the thousands.

His star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame also drew large crowds, with mourners leaving behind candles, flowers, cards and stuffed animals.

TRIBUTE TO

Starry tributes poured in shortly after the heartbreaking news broke.

Sandra Bullock told People magazine that she will honor Betty by indulging in some of the 99-year-old’s favorite things.

“I don’t drink vodka. But I will do it tonight, on ice, with a lemon wedge with a hot dog on the other side and it will be okay to be sad, ”Bullock said.

Actor-director Robert Redford also told the outlet: “Betty has lived a life devoted to her craft and her love of animals. She made us all laugh, including me.

Betty was joking about her crush on the star, so the last part of Redford’s statement probably would have shocked her.

“I had a crush on her too! ” he said.

Another icon, Dolly Parton, also paid a moving tribute, in which she said the star “will live forever”.

“Watching the news last night, I learned of the passing of Betty White. Betty will live forever not only in this world but in the world after. I will always love him like all of us! Dolly said.

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