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Posted on: Friday, March 12, 2010

Facebook push lands actress 'SNL' gig

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The Internet has gotten its way: Betty White will host "Saturday Night Live."

NBC said yesterday that the 88-year-old actress will host the show May 8. "SNL" executive producer Lorne Michaels says he can't think of a better way to spend Mother's Day weekend than with White.

The announcement followed a campaign on Facebook urging the sketch show to make White a host. The group attracted nearly a half-million supporters.

White, whose starring roles include "The Golden Girls," was given a lifetime achievement award at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in January.


Conan O'Brien rolled out his 30-city Legally Prohibited From Being Funny On Television Tour yesterday, billing it as "a night of music, comedy, hugging and the occasional awkward silence."

The comedian's live tour will begin in Eugene, Ore., on April 12 and make a stop, on April 24, at Universal Studios in Los Angeles (yes, the same entertainment complex owned by O'Brien's longtime employer, NBC Universal, and just a stone's throw away from the glitzy studio that NBC built for O'Brien to host "The Tonight Show," a job that lasted less than eight months).

O'Brien famously surrendered his job hosting "The Tonight Show" on NBC when the network decided to bump O'Brien's show to after midnight to make room for Jay Leno's return to late night. Leno this month reclaimed his job as host of "The Tonight Show."


A former model says she's appalled that her nearly decade-old bikini photo became a randy prop in the film "Couple's Retreat."

Irina Krupnik filed a $10 million defamation lawsuit yesterday in a New York City court against NBC Universal. It distributed the 2009 Vince Vaughn comedy.

Krupnik acknowledges she gave rights to the 2001 picture to a stock agency, which apparently sold it to the filmmakers. The lawsuit says a character in the movie uses her photo as a sexual aid. The 30-year-old makeup artist says it's hurting her reputation.


A member of the pop group Girlicious has been charged in California with drug possession with the intent to sell after Glendale police allegedly found a dozen plastic bags of cocaine in her Gucci purse.

Prosecutors say 21-year-old Natalie Mejia and 28-year-old Peter Asencio were charged yesterday in Glendale Superior Court.

Asencio is accused of speeding in a 1998 Ford Mustang when he and Mejia were pulled over and arrested Tuesday night.

Police say Mejia said the drugs were not hers and claimed she didn't know how they got into her purse.

Asencio was also charged with driving on a suspended license.