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Betty White, Multi-Emmy Winner, Sitcom Star, and B&B Alum, Dies at 99

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Just heartbreaking news to end 2021.  The beloved Betty White has passed away at the age of 99, just weeks before what would have been her 100th birthday.

White, died Friday morning peacefully at her home, according to TMZ and a statement from her longtime agent, Jeff Witjas.  He also shared: “Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever. I will miss her terribly and so will the animal world that she loved so much. I don’t think Betty ever feared passing because she always wanted to be with her most beloved husband Allen Ludden. She believed she would be with him again.”

Betty was best-known for her roles on The Golden Girls as Rose Nyland and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, where she played the happy homemaker Sue Ann Nivens. With Betty’s passing all of the cast members of The Mary Tyler Moore Show are gone.

More recently in her career, Betty appeared on the sitcom Hot in Cleveland for a five-year run as Elka Ostrovsky, and hosted and executive-produced Betty White’s Off Their Rockers. 

Betty won five Primetime Emmy Awards: two for ‘Mary Tyler Moore,’ one for “Golden Girls” and one for her 1975 ‘SNL’ appearance.  She was also honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Daytime Emmys in 2015.

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In 2006, she came to the The Bold and the Beautiful and played Stephanie Forrester (Susan Flannery) and Pam Douglas’ (Alley Mills) mother, Ann.  She played the role in appearances through 2009, when Ann died in emotional scenes featuring Flannery, Mills and White.

Betty was widely-known for her being an animal activist.

Share your thoughts and remembrances of Betty White in the comment section below.  But first, watch some moments from her performances as Sue Ann Nivens, and then Ann’s death on The Bold and the Beautiful ,and her being honored at the Daytime Emmys.

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rose
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rose

So sad for the rest of us who so enjoyed her in life. I hope her husband Allen had his hand out waiting to bring Betty with him.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Betty’s win for SNL was for 2010 (Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series) when she hosted the show. As the oldest SNL host ever (at 88), she was also one of the best hosts (in my opinion). Of course, I loved her other work as well.

carol a
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carol a

When I found out about this I felt so sad inside.SHe was a great lady.May you rest in peace Betty.You will be missed.

Anonomys
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Anonomys

Also, all of The “Golden Girls” are gone. Not just the MTMS cast…

Sandy
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Sandy

Oh my No…… Rest in peace dear lady.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

A truly sad day for me but one in which I’m also profoundly grateful. Grateful for the many great memories of mirth, pathos, and inspiration that BETTY WHITE gave to all of us. I grew up with (and still watch) THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW and, later, THE GOLDEN GIRLS — the only sitcoms I have the entire series of. Betty was an underrated dramatic actress as well as a brilliant comedienne. And she had those rare qualities that today’s fly-by-night stars don’t possess: humility and gratitude. She will be missed by millions.

JustSaying
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JustSaying

I thought this was fake news, but it seems not.
When you’re 99.99999 years old, you might as well be 100.

Peace be with you.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I am heartbroken at the loss of Betty White. My first memories of her are on Life with Elizabeth back in the 50s. I was a small child at the time and thought she was hilarious. I followed her through her various daytime talk shows and animal shows, Password, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls and Hot in Cleveland. I so loved her many visits to The Carol Burnett Show to play Eunice’s snooty sister, Ellen. She was always glorious in whatever she did. Thank you Betty White for sharing your beautiful soul with us for all these… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

I felt so sad hearing the news but if there was any suffering, glad that you are now at peace. Iam not really sure if there is a here after but if there is, Iam sure Alan was waiting for you. Dear Betty, you gave millions of us so much joy and happiness and ” thank you for being a friend” to us all.

Kay
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Kay

Lovely career to bad she was a hateful liberal you call my friend a bitch in the view abs you do not even know her! Ugh

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Kay
If you call Betty White a hateful liberal, I bet you are a hateful CONTROL FREAK.

Devin Murphy
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Devin Murphy

Betty was essentially in every sense of the words, One of a kind. She felt like a family member, a Best Friend, a teacher, a doting wife and beloved animal whisperer. She was every single piece of jewels and so much more that made up a national treasure, one that we should all cherish each and every day, and one we can all learn from. She will forever be missed, and She will forever be Loved. #RIPBettyWhite

Satan
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Satan

Betty White is NOT in Hell… but we would have loved to have her here. With air conditioning, of course!

How many people in the acting business can say that they were on two hit shows and outlived the entire casts of both of them (MTM & Golden Girls)

Steve
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Steve

I once briefly met Betty walking by her table at a charity event. I said “God Bless You, Betty White” to which she quickly replied “why, I didn’t sneeze”.

Betty won a daytime Emmy for hosting “Just Men” in the early 80s. Check out the clip on YouTube.

The other Lis
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The other Lis

Before Ed Asner died earlier last year he poignantly noted that he and Betty were the only ones left from the old Mary Tyler Moore gang and he would be joining the others soon. It so striking Mrs. White died on the last day of 2021. They are all together now.

Celia
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Celia

Love you, Betty—-you will always be alive in my heart—your goodness, altruiism and sincere love for others, will be forever remembered. I will continue to enjoy your presence by watching reruns of your sitcoms, Match Game and Password. May your sweet repose be peaceful. ❤️

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As the executive shuffle continues at CBS, and through many entertainment conglomerates in Hollywood, Eric Kim has been named executive vice president of current programs. In his new role, Eric will oversee current primetime and daytime programming for the CBS network and for the studio.

Kim replaces Amy Reisenbach, who was recently promoted to president of CBS Entertainment.  In a statement on Kim’s new position, Reisenbach shared: “I’ve worked closely with Eric for over a decade and have always been impressed with his incredible programming instincts, skill in working with showrunners on our biggest hit shows and strong relationships throughout the creative community. I’m very excited for him to take on this significant role. He is a proven, smart executive whose leadership and input will be vital to the success of our series.”

David Stapf, president of CBS Studios who Kim will also report to expressed: “Eric’s creative instincts and his ability to champion new writers and producers complement his strong relationships with established showrunners, making him an exceptional executive. His leadership has earned the trust and respect of both the industry and his colleagues at the Studio and Network. As Eric steps into this new role, I’m looking forward to seeing the impact he makes both within the creative community and on our series that are enjoyed by global audiences.”

Eric has been with CBS over the last 11 years, and has overseen all phases of production on both comedy and drama series including; Blue Bloods and CSI.

Prior to joining the network, Kim worked in live action series for Nickelodeon and Teen Nick from 2009-2011. He was also vice president of current programming at the CW from 2006-2009, and was part of the creative team that launched the new network when The WB and UPN networks merged and was also an executive at UPN from 2004-2006.

Soap fans, of course, are hoping that Eric will be a huge supporter of the soaps, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful as well as the entire CBS daytime line-up.

So, what do you think of the latest executive change at CBS? Hopeful that Eric Kim will continue to support in-full Y&R and B&B’s efforts? Comment below.

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Over the last 24 hours, photos surfaced that showed that Good Morning America anchors, T.J. Holmes and Amy Robach are more than just friends or co-workers.

The Daily Mall published images of Holmes and Robach holding hands during a trip to upstate New York, and later being cozy in a bar in the Big Apple. The outlet reported that Holmes and Robach had their relationship-turn-romantic back in June and had allegedly left their spouses in August.

Just hours after their relationship went public, both T.J. and Amy deactivated their Instagram accounts.  On Thursday, Robach’s husband, former Melrose Place star, Andrew Shue deleted all photos of Robach from his Instagram account.

Page Six earlier reported that Holmes, who had been married to Marilee Fiebig since 2010, had been having an alleged affair. They report that Robach and Holmes started to get close back in March when they were training together for the New York City Half Marathon.

When Holmes was going to join GMA back in 2014, the producers asked Robach what she thought of having him on the show.  Amy shared with PEOPLE : “Hey, we want to bring on a co-anchor. What do you think of T.J. Holmes?’ And I almost fell out of my chair. You couldn’t have picked a better person to ask me what I thought of, because we’ve been trying to figure out a way to work together for literally the last five years.”

As fate would have it, the two were also anchoring today’s GMA 3 where they made no mention of what was going on behind the scenes and in their personal lives.

So, what do you think about T.J and Amy’s relationship being revealed, and how it was made public? Comment below.

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Fishburne, who collectively had won a Tony, NAACAP and Emmy Awards, will honor his longtime friend for the body of his work. Most notable among their many collaborations was when Burton served as executive producer for the 2016 remake of Roots, which starred Fishburne.

As many know, Levar Burton is an actor, director and educator who has taught generations of children about the joys of reading through his show Reading Rainbow. Throughout his career, Levar has been honored with 13 Emmy Awards, 3 NAACP Awards, a Grammy Award for Spoken Word Album, a Peabody Award, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, among other accolades.

Burton is the award-winning author of The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm, A Kids Book About Imagination, and his Grammy Nominated book, Aftermath. His podcast, LeVar Burton Reads, has been downloaded more than 25 million times. Recently, he launched the LeVar Burton Book Club via the Fable app.

The Children’s & Family Emmy ceremony will be hosted by former 30 Rock star, Jack McBrayer, and will be streamed live on NATAS’ dedicated viewing platform powered by Vimeo, available on the web at Watch.TheEmmys.TV and via The Emmys apps for iOS, tvOS, Android, FireTV, and Roku.

What do you think about Levar Burton receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming ‘Children’s & Family Emmy Awards’ and from Laurence Fishburne, no less? Comment below. 

 

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