TCA Press Tour: Cloris Leachman is ‘so sick of Betty White’


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Could Betty White fever have gone cold? It has if you’re Cloris Leachman.

“I’m so sick of Betty White,” Leachman joked (we think) while promoting her new Fox series “Raising Hope” during the TCA press tour. “I never liked her.”

Not quite a cougar fight. More like the makings of saber tooth tiger brawl?

Fans of the funny ladies, both alums of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” don’t have to pick sides. The two share the screen once more in the upcoming Disney film “You Again,” which also stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Kristen Bell.

At the panel session, however, it seemed Leachman was the favorite. Whether she was playing musical chairs on stage, asking reporters to stand while they asked questions or cuddling with co-star Martha Plimpton, the 84-year-old actress’ comedic timing was more graceful than any tango routine she did on “Dancing With the Stars.”

“Raising Hope,” which premieres Sept. 21 at 8 p.m., centers on Jimmy (Lucas Neff), a twentysomething male who must raise his infant daughter, conceived by a one-night stand, with the help of his flawed family after the baby’s mother is executed in jail (did we mention this was a comedy?). Leachman plays Maw Maw, Jimmy’s lucid grandmother who parades around in her bra and colorful stretch pants.


Yes, a bra and stretch pants.

Is Betty White about to be dethroned?

--Yvonne Villarreal


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