Have you ever thought about how personal choices affect life's outcome? What would happen if you decided on a different college? Where would you be if you joined the swim team? And today we ask, what would the TV world look like if Betty White had taken a job on The Today Show in 1961?
Would there have been a Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show? Would The Golden Girls have been just three women? And would Whoopi Goldberg's current boss be Betty White?
In this video from the Archive of American Television Betty explains that she was offered a spot on the morning talk show back in the day, but turned it down. You'll have to watch it to find out why.
Frankly, we think she made the right choice. She portrayed some of our favorite TV characters of all time. And her career has had a huge resurgence in the last year, thanks to her hilarious role in last year’s Sandra Bullock flick The Proposal (the one Sandy didn’t win the Oscar for) and an even funnier Super Bowl commercial for Snickers. The recent Facebook campaign that demanded White host Saturday Night Live — “Betty White to Host SNL (please?)!” — quickly accumulated over 500,000 fans, and was successful in its mission.
Betty is scheduled to host the sketch comedy show on Mother’s Day weekend, May 8th. And as if that wasn’t enough, she’s just signed on for a season of the new sitcom, Hot in Cleveland. Now we'll get a weekly Betty fix.
We've been editing clips of White from an interview she did in 1997 for the Archives. You can watch the full two and half hours at emmyTVlegends.org and check back with us each week for the highlights as we countdown to her SNL debut.