Betty White Knows Why Gay People Love Her

By: Jackson Lourd
5.9.2011

Betty White understands why her classic Golden Girls sitcom is so popular with gay audiences, saying that she believes the gay community “seems to like old ladies, they always have.”

The seven-time Emmy winner, currently starring on TV in Hot in Cleveland, recently spoke with radio host Leonard Lopate, who asked White whether she was surprised by the large gay following that the Golden Girls enjoyed and her popularity in the gay community.

“I think the gay community seems to like old ladies, they always have,” she said. “And when we were on live with Golden Girls on Saturday night they'd shut down the music, stop the dancing, watch the show, then turn the music and the dancing back on. We were very grateful and they've been dear friends.”

White, 89, recently released the memoir, If You Ask Me (and of Course You Won’t), in which she addresses the Facebook campaign that helped persuade her to host Saturday Night Livelast year. Listen to the wide-ranging interview with Lopate at WNYC, where her brief comments on the gay audience begin at the 19:50 mark.

 

Betty_White Betty White understands why her classic Golden Girls sitcom is so popular with gay audiences, saying that she believes the gay community “seems to like old ladies, they always have.”

The seven-time Emmy winner, currently starring on TV in Hot in Cleveland, recently spoke with radio host Leonard Lopate, who asked White whether she was surprised by the large gay following that the Golden Girls enjoyed and her popularity in the gay community.

“I think the gay community seems to like old ladies, they always have,” she said. “And when we were on live with Golden Girls on Saturday night they'd shut down the music, stop the dancing, watch the show, then turn the music and the dancing back on. We were very grateful and they've been dear friends.”

White, 89, recently released the memoir, If You Ask Me (and of Course You Won’t), in which she addresses the Facebook campaign that helped persuade her to host Saturday Night Livelast year. Listen to the wide-ranging interview with Lopate at WNYC, where her brief comments on the gay audience begin at the 19:50 mark.

 

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