Betty White is AP 'Entertainer of the Year', finds it 'ridiculous'
Betty White, 88, has been voted the "AP Entertainer of the Year" by the Associated Press after enjoying a pop culture comeback in 2010, especially among younger fans.
The actress beat the cast of the FOX musical sitcom "Glee", former "Tonight Show" host Conan O'Brien, "Avatar" director James Cameron, Apple's iPad device and "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart. U.S. news organizations that make up the Associated Press' membership submitted 102 ballots during this year's contest, the news wire said.
"It's ridiculous," White told the Associated Press regarding the honor. "They haven't caught on to me, and I hope they never do. It's been phenomenal, but everybody keeps congratulating me on my resurgence and my big comeback. I haven't been away, guys. I've been working steadily for the last 63 years."
White, known for shows such as "The Golden Girls" in the 1980s and "Mary Tyler Moore" in the 1970s, had mostly recurring and guest spots on television shows before she earlier this year became the subject of a successful Facebook campaign to have her host "Saturday Night Live".
The ratings for White's "Saturday Night Live" episode were among the highest for the series and White nabbed an Emmy for her performance. She has a total of five Emmy Awards, including one for her role on "The Golden Girls".
White, who is the only surviving member of "The Golden Girls", stars in a new comedy series, TV Land's "Hot in Cleveland", which has been renewed for a second season. White has said retirement is not a dirty word for her but that she enjoys her acting career.
White was this year named an honorary forest ranger and received her own clothing line. She also starred in her own comic book biography and 2011 calendar, which features her posing with animals and shirtless men. The actress said over the summer she is set to write two books that deal with issues such as sex, animals and her Hollywood career.
Previous winners of AP's "Entertainer of the Year" award include Taylor Swift, Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert.