Cloris Leachman to critics: 'I'm so sick of Betty White'

While promoting her new fall series Raising Hope at the Televisions Critics Association gathering in L.A., co-star Cloris Leachman was asked about the current adulation Betty White is enjoying. “I’m so sick of Betty White,” Leachman snapped, to laughs and a few gasps. “Never liked her.”

Leachman was kidding, of course. “We’re co-starring in a new movie, called You Again,” she noted, softening her tone. Still, Leachman really knew how to take over a press conference. She frequently answered questions that had been directed at Raising Hope creator Greg Garcia or co-star Martha Plimpton. She commanded that any reporter asking her a question stand and say his or her name before she answered. It was all in good, mock-grumpy fun, much like the battle-axe she plays in Raising Hope.

“Now you see why we work extra-long hours,” quipped Garcia, referring to Leachman’s barrage of one-liners and jovial insults. Informed by one reporter that she’d won more Emmys than any other woman and asked whether such things still mattered to her, she said, “You bet! And I’d better win one for this show!”

She just might end up deserving one.

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  • chris

    Love Cloris and Betty, great comedic actresses.

    • JoJo Dancer

      Wouldn’t mind giving Chloris a poke in the whiskers.

      • Sam T Sham

        I’d like to get up behind ol’ Chloris and grab a fistful of the back of her hair and bend her over a table and ride the hershey highway till she screams!

      • GoofyGargoyle

        I bet she’s a screamer, bet anything she’s a back scratcher too. Plenty good beaver down there, you can tell.

      • Daniel

        OMG gross. Now I will find a towel to clean up the vomit before the dogs decide it looks yummy. Why do you have to be so crude? All of you?

      • SteevoNYC

        @JoJo: Which whiskers? North or South? At her age she no doubt has both…

    • dotti

      I would love Chloris& Betty together,
      With the way our country is right now,we are all ready for some good comedy,2 of them together are it,Cloris if you need a stand in I have been told I look like you.

  • RyRyNYC

    Isn’t Cloris a grand slam winner? Or, as Tracy might phrase, an E.G.O.T. Winner?

    • Buffy Freak

      She’s got a bunch of Emmys…8 primetime and 1 daytime…as well as an Oscar. But she’s never won a Tony or a Grammy, at least according to those awards’ websites.

    • JoJo Dancer

      I’ll give her a grand slam…right in the bikini bottoms.

      • Maureen


  • jules

    “HE…VAS…MY…BOYFRIEND!!!!!” Loved her in “Young Frankenstien.”

    • Lisa

      A true classic!

    • LyricsRme1

      I’m with yah Jules – that is my absolute favorite line from Young Frankenstein!

    • Tuzo

      I would go with “What knockers!” Great movie.

  • TorontoTom


  • alan of montreal

    love the trailer for the show! I’m sold!

  • diva

    I think this show will be interesting. I’m looking forward to it.

  • Jeff

    The trailer did what it needed to do. I’ll be tuning in for at least an episode or two this fall. Looks good!

  • Eaton

    Now I really want to see Leachman and White together in a film…as leads, I mean. How about a female twist on Grumpy Old (wo)Men?

    • Amanda


    • nuffsaid

      YES!! That would be awesome! “Grumpy Old Gals!”

    • dotti

      or the ODD COUPLE,female version,
      Tony Randall & Jack Klugman were very funny in it,combine GOLDEN GIRLS & ODD COUPLE together & & 1 heck of a sit com,Betty is a avid
      animal person & I do not know about Cloris but she maybe more outgoing
      but there are a lot of things that could be done with those two ladies,I’m in same age bracket& we are not ready to throw in the towel

    • dotti

      ODD COUPLE,female version,
      Tony Randall & Jack Klugman were very funny in it,combine GOLDEN GIRLS & ODD COUPLE together & & 1 heck of a sit com,Betty is a avid
      animal person & I do not know about Cloris

  • Jenna

    This actually looks really good. Really Really Good.

    • Cathy

      That’s a mold-breaker. Great thinikgn!

  • cameobrooch

    One of the all-time great moments in television history is the scene from The Mary Tyler Moore Show in which Phyllis confronts Sue Ann about her affair with Phyllis’s husband, Lars.

    • AcaseofGeo

      Yep. Hard to explain. You gotta watch it to appreciate how classic it is.

    • Big Dave

      Yup. One of the classic MTM episodes.

      • Cathleen

        Real brain power on display. Thanks for that asnwre!

  • Mikey M

    Is she really joking? Her image is quite a bitchy one.

  • TVGord

    Great job reporting this correctly! One of your competitors has chosen to report it as though Leachman’s comments about Betty White were serious. Of course, anyone who knows the two women knows how absurd that is. I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate you getting it right! :-)

  • CiCi

    That actually looks like it could be a really good show. Loved Cloris’ one line in the clip. Ha ha dog!

  • tomm

    On Betty’s first appearance as Sue Ann Nivens, she was ‘the other woman’ to Cloris’ character Phyliss’ husband. Was hilarious when Sue Ann was confronted by Phyl.

    Look for it in ‘MTM’ show reruns.

  • Gregoire

    Can we get them in a sitcom today PLEASE!

    • Bert

      Wow! Great idea! JJWY

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