Betty White Was *So* Funny in This 1983 Interview That Just Resurfaced Online

When Betty White passed only a couple weeks ahead of her 100th birthday, the world lost a comedy legend. With her roles on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls and Hot in Cleveland, the iconic actress could always pull a riotous laugh out of her audience.

And while the world has been mourning the loss of White, social media users have been honoring her memory by digging up some of the best clips from her illustrious career. One such clip—an interview that took place between her and Joan Rivers in 1983—has resurfaced on social media, and users can't get over White's quick wit and fun rapport with Rivers.

At the time, Rivers was filling in for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show, and in this episode, White was a featured guest. As the comedy star enters the stage, she immediately starts teasing Rivers for her recent cover on People magazine. “Just a little jealous are you of the old cover?” Rivers asks. To which White responds, “You would think you were the only cover girl in town. Did you know that I'm a cover girl?” She then pulls out an edition of Kennel Review, where she's posing with a German Shepherd.

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As Rivers takes the magazine, White then jokes, “And if you dare say, ‘Who's that other b**ch on the cover?’ I will never speak to you again for as long as I live. I am the one in the pink jacket.”

From there, the jabs just keep coming, with Rivers saying, “I asked you to come on tonight and look glamorous and look what you showed up in.”

White then says, “I like to think that understated is a lot classier than all this other stuff hanging out all over, well it's just ridiculous. The little tassels on everything. Can you get them all going in opposite directions?”

After the pair have exchanged a number of barbs, Rivers says of her People cover, “It's funny because people wanted me topless but I said no.” And without missing a beat, White goes, “Weren't you? It's so hard to tell.”

The two laugh and exchange jokes like this throughout their entire ten-minute interview, which can be seen in full here.

Betty, we are really going to miss your sense of humor.

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Joel is the Associate Editor for News & Entertainment and has been reporting on all things pop culture for over 5 years. Before working at PureWow, he served as a Features...