Betty White tries to woo LeBron James -- to stay in Cleveland

Lebron-James-Betty-WhiteImage Credit: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images; TV LandWell, Betty White is a step up from Drew Carey. The 88-year-old star of TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland has taped a video message with castmates Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick — in character — asking free agent LeBron James to continue his NBA career in Cleveland. White concludes, “I’ll make it worth your while…” The full script, courtesy of TV Land, below. UPDATE: The video has now been released. I just hope this doesn’t start a riff between White and Jay-Z, the musical guest on her SNL episode who happens to be part-owner of the New Jersey Nets, one of the teams trying to court James away from Cleveland. (Oh, who am I kidding? I would love to see that.)

VALERIE: Hi, LeBron. Now that we’re Clevelanders, we wanted to join in the effort to get you to stay.
WENDIE: I’ve heard of him. He’s an athlete, right?
BETTY: He plays for The Cavaliers.
JANE: Isn’t a Cavalier like a French cowboy?
WENDIE: That makes sense because LeBron is a French name. I bet it’s hockey.
JANE: It’s also a very elegant name. Maybe he’s a figure skater.
VALERIE: Look at us, it’s like a sports bar in here.
BETTY: What’s wrong with you girls? He’s the best basketball player on the planet.
VALERIE: LeBron, please stay.
BETTY: I’ll make it worth your while…

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  • Zach

    we need a facebook campaign for someone for Betty White to have a CELEBRITY FEUD with!!

    • gigi

      Betty White should punch Lindsay Lohan in the face at Mr.Chow’s

      • Samantha

        Love it! I’d pay to see that over and over and over again.

      • Clint

        At 88 Betty is better looking then Linsay.

      • Me

        Where’s the “like” button?!

      • RC

        Betty White has less hard miles on her than Lindsay Lohan!

  • Buffy Freak

    I love Betty White but this bit reads as funny as that lame show.

    • Angelfish420

      Oh Buffy Freak. What a lame show that was!

  • Jed

    Ole Betty needs to take a chill pill and step back, the old bag! LeBron will decide soon enough who he plays for and when.

    • Quincy

      sounds like Ole Jed needs a chill pill instead ;)

    • mike

      It’s shameless how these teams are going after this guy. I guess they didn’t see the Celtics series where this dude just plain quit. Jordan, Bird, Magic, Kobe…those guys have something that this dude will never have…HEART.

      • Lebron is a fing douchebag!!!

      • lapz06

        Couldn’t agree more!!!

      • bootsycolumbia

        Mike, thank you! I’m always saying how overrated this guy is, and no-one I know agrees with me. Glad to know I’m not alone! :)

  • chris

    this comment section is getting absurd. someone could fart by accident and it would be loaded withe nasty comments.

    • jared4ever

      …and your comment is so classy.

  • Briana

    Betty White for President!

    • @Brianna

      Of what? I understand she’s considered to be hot now, but overexpsure can come swiftly.

      • jay

        Overexposure for someone who has been a star for over 50 years? Yeah, that doesn’t happen … what do you think is going to happen, suddenly people will say, “You know, we’ve liked Betty White for half a century … let’s just stop now.”

      • @Jay

        Overexposure has nothing to do with how long you’ve been in the business. It’s relentless the media expses you in a short period of time.

    • Tess

      I’d vote for her! Lets just step back and think about this.. Where are you going to be at 88? Betty White is amazing..

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  • Sybil

    I love betty and catloversdatingsite

  • jbfreelancewriter

    Betty White overexposed? Are you kidding me? She better get overexposed before it’s too late. (No offense, Betty.). Let’s face it: she’s completely reinvented herself and stayed popular while doing it. She has completely changed the game at 88-years-old. Go on with your bad self, Betty!

    • Mary Louise

      Agreed! All of us should be so innovative as to reinvent ourselves at the BW level at her age. Rock on, Betty!

  • yawn

    I’m officially tired of Betty White.

    • OPIE

      then your tired! blog somewhere else. go back to playing your xbox. twink.

      • OPIE

        I like to start fights with people on the internet cause I’m sweet like that.

  • dee123

    I never tire of Betty White’s swearing in Lake Placid.

    • betw

      You go on with your smart self Betty. Why did it take so long to really appreciate your gifts???

  • lise

    The cast kooks good on Hot in Cleveland except for Betty White. I won’t be watching the show.

    • Dominic

      No one ‘kooks’ better than Betty White!

    • bub

      If you don’t want to watch who cares We don’t need you as a fan

  • Ivanovich

    I love Betty White in Golden Girls, and I still love her now. Go Girl!!!!!!!

  • jizzedinmypants

    LeBone is crybaby – I have heard enough about this guy!!!
    It is sick to see so many people sucking up to a sports player that didn’t even go to college and probably squeeked past high school.

    • OPIE

      and what degree do you have? and did your mommy pay for it?

      • gustiq

        OPIE, with a name like “jizzedinmypants”, i’m sure he went to Yale or MIT…because colleges need janitors, too.

    • sue

      i totally agree with what you said regarding lebron james…allow me to go onw step further…..not only is he not the best nba player on the planet, but he’s a loser with an attitude towards the fans….referring to the after-the-game- snub of the cavs after one of their games during the season…there’s no basketball player that can hold a candle to kobe bryant…he plays injured, has had to have an iv during halftime, shares the ball, makes plays for his team…i could go on and on, but you get it, i’m sure…so betty white needs to pull her wrinkled head out of her wrinkled —…more is being made of her than need be…move on america..88 yr old SLUT…

      • gustiq

        you’re just jealous, sue. BW gets more (and younger) dong than you.

        and the “great” kobe bryant is a slut, too. at least lebron james didn’t cheat on his wife by plugging some girl in the — (that we know of).
        and lebron has more assists than kobe.
        and how is lebron a loser? b/c he supposedly snubbed some fans after ONE game? how many times do you think kobe did that?
        more is being made of you than need be. move on, sue.

      • Brenda

        I was wondering….
        Is ignorance bliss?

  • Mel Gibson

    Hypothetically, IF I referred to Betty White as an 88 year old cracker whore, can she feud with me and maybe save my career. Love, Mel Gibson

  • Matt Thompson

    I slept with Betty in 2008. At the time she was twice my age. Bottom line: It was one of my best experiences, sexually, mentally and spiritually. BW is an incredible person, who has a heart of gold, and an absolute passion for life. Thank you my dear for sharing some of your passion with me, and in turn, teaching me how life is to be truly lived.

    • King

      You sir have made me begin to weep tears of laughter. This is quite sad of me.

      • OPIE

        why because nobody will sleep with the King?

    • Mike

      I only kept reading to catch the punch line, Matt…It never came…Please tell me you weren’t trying to be serious…I agree that her act has become passe, but lots of people still eat this crap up…It’s done very well for her…

  • Bob Davis

    @ Matt Thompson – I completely understand where you’re coming from, but seriously…ewwwwwww!!

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