White says she was nervous about 'SNL' gig

May 14, 2010 at 10:19 AM
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LOS ANGELES, May 14 (UPI) -- U.S. actress Betty White admits she was nervous about serving as guest host of "Saturday Night Live" for the first time last weekend.

"I didn't sleep for three weeks before and my knees were shaking so hard. Don't tell me you couldn't see 'em," White, 88, said on Wednesday's edition of "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."

The former star of "The Golden Girls," who has been enjoying a career revival in recent months, walked out on the "Tonight" stage to a standing ovation.

"Oh my goodness. They should be throwing rocks at me, you've had such an overdose … . Thank you, thank you, thank you," she said.

Leno asked White during her visit if "SNL" musical guest star Jay-Z got a little fresh with her as some rumors have suggested.

"Well, he didn't get fresh, he just got desperate, I guess," White laughed. "No, he just walked by and, you know, patted me -- you know how somebody walks by and pats you -- well, he walked by and patted me. Not on the shoulder!"

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