Betty White says she is "trying to cut down" on work

Wed Jan 5, 2011 4:42pm EST
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By Marisa Guthrie

PASADENA, Calif (Hollywood Reporter) - Betty White kicked off the semiannual Television Critics Association confab Wednesday morning with a few well-placed zingers.

The star of U.S. cable network TV Land's rust-belt cougar sitcom "Hot in Cleveland," has become a media darling, snagging a SAG nomination and helping propel the show to TV Land's most-watched original series in network history.

Along the way, the prolific White has become somewhat ubiquitous, hosting "Saturday Night Live" (after a Facebook fan campaign) and doing a myriad of guest turns (NBC's "Community," ABC's "The Middle").

"It's hard for me to say no to a job because you spend your career thinking if you say no to a job they'll never offer you another one," explained White. "My mother taught me to say no as a girl. But I'm trying to cut down, I really am."

Appearing on the dais with her were "Cleveland" costars Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick, Jane Leeves and executive producer and head writer Suzanne Martin. White fielded the bulk of the questions from reporters.

"What is this Betty White business," she said. "This is so silly. You've had an overdose of me. I think I'm going to go away for a while."

In fact, the second season of Hot in Cleveland bows January 19 and marks the on-screen reunion of White and Mary Tyler Moore, who guest stars in the season opener.

White, who turns 89 on January 17, said she and Moore, who haven't worked together since "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," have remained friends. But they don't see each other as much she would like since Moore lives in New York City and White resides in Los Angeles.   Continued...

<p>Actress Betty White looks at a display honoring her before she was inducted into the California Hall of Fame in Sacramento, California December 14, 2010. REUTERS/Hector Amezcua/Pool</p>