Betty White

  • Aired:  11/29/11
  •  | Views: 86,897

Betty White talks about her romantic conquests and all her animal friends at the Los Angeles Zoo. (6:39)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE).

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

MY GUEST TONIGHT, OH, WE LOVE

HER, AN ACTRESS, HER NEW BOOK IS

CALLED "BETTY AND FRIENDS, MY

LIFE AT THE ZOO."

HER T.V. LAND SHOW "HOT IN

CLEVELAND" RETURNS TOMORROW

NIGHT.

HOW.

>> HOW DID YOU GUYS FIND HE?

>> WE WERE SEARCHING THE GUEST

HOUSE FOR CLUES WHEN I NOTICED

YOU HAD WRITTEN ON A PAD NEXT TO

THE PHONE SO I STARTED TO SHADE

OVER THE IMPRESSION AND THAT'S

WHEN I REALIZED IT WAS A

SOUVENIR PENCIL FROM THE HAPPY

SHOPPING GROUNDS!

(LAUGHTER)

DON'T LET HIM SCARE YOU.

>> LISTEN, WE DON'T WANT TO BLOW

YOUR COVER BUT YOUR MESSAGE

WORRIED US.

>> I KNEW I SHOULD HAVEN'T SAID

I MISSED JOY.

>> Jon: PLEASE WELCOME BACK TO

THE SHOW BETTY WHITE.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

YOUNG LADY!

>> SO NICE TO SEE YOU!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

OH, THEY'RE CHANGING THEIR NAME

OF THE SHOW.

>> Jon: THEY'RE GONNA.

HAT WAS TREMENDOUS..T

WHEN THEY STAND LIKE THAT FOR ME

I ALWAYS THINK THEY ARE LEAVING.

>> AND SOMETIMES THEY ARE.

(LAUGHTER).

>> Jon: SO NICE TO SEE YOU.

>> SO NICE TO SEE YOU, BUT YOU

HAVE CHANGED MY LIFE.

>> Jon: I HAVE?

>> I'VE JUST BEEN WATCHING THE

SHOW SO FAR TONIGHT.

>> Jon: REALLY.

>> I MEAN, WELL ALL THESE... YOU

KNOW, I... I ALWAYS KIND OF

AVOID... I KEEP MY PRIVATE LIFE

PRIVATE.

BUT I'VE BEEN DOING IT WRONG ALL

THIS TIME.

AND I'M GOING START NAMING

PEOPLE.

(LAUGHTER)

I'M NOT GOING TO NAME HERMAN

CAIN AND NEWT GINGRICH AND ALL

THOSE FOLKS BECAUSE DICK

CHENEY...

>> Jon: I'M GOING TO NAME THEM

FOR YOU.

>> WELL, EVERYBODY HAS DONE

THAT.

BUT I THINK IT'S KIND OF

EXCITING THAT I CAN JUST GO...

THE ONLY ONE LITTLE DRAWBACK IS

I'M GOING TO BE 90 IN JANUARY...

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

IT ISN'T ANYTHING I

ACCOMPLISHED.

IT JUST HAPPENED.

(LAUGHTER)

BUT I... WHEN YOU GET TO BE THAT

OLD YOU CAN'T REMEMBER THE GUYS

YOU'VE HAD.

(LAUGHTER)

I GO BACK AND THINK I REMEMBER

THE WHERE BUT WHO WAS THAT?

I THINK I'M GOING TO CHANGE MY

WHOLE APPROACH THANKS TO YOU.

>> Jon: YOU'RE VERY, VERY

WELCOME.

YOU KNOW, YOU COULD ALWAYS WORK

WITH JUST HEAD SHOTS.

JUST HAVE THEM LEAVE A HEAD

SHOT, PUT IT UP AND THEN YOU'LL

ALWAYS HAVE IT.

LIKE A COMEDY CLUB.

THAT'S WHAT WE USED TO DO.

>> OH, YEAH, THAT'S GOOD.

BUT I DON'T ALWAYS WANT TO HAVE

IT.

>> Jon: (LAUGHS)

I'M EXCITED.

YOU GOT YOUR TELEVISION SHOW,

THE "HOT IN CLEVELAND."

YOU HAVE THIS BOOK YOU'VE

WRITTEN.

ME, I WORK 22 MINUTES A NIGHT

I'M EXHAUSTED.

BUT THE BOOK IS... YOU'VE

WRITTEN AN EXOTIC COOK BOOK...

(LAUGHTER).

I GUESS ALL YOUR FAVORITE

RECIPES FOR GIRAFFE.

>> SHAME ON YOU!

>> Jon: HERE'S ALL YOU NEED TO

KNOW ABOUT THIS BOOK.

SHOW THEM THE PICTURE OF... THIS

IS BETTY WHITE WITH...

(AUDIENCE REACTS)

DO YOU KNOW WHO THIS IS?

THIS LITTLE CUTEST FELLOW HERE?

>> THAT'S... THAT WAS LITTLE

LENA.

AND I... AND NOW LENA'S IN

ALBUQUERQUE AT THE ALBUQUERQUE

ZOO AND LENA IS LIKE THIS NOW.

>> Jon: GIGANTIC.

IS THAT A GORILLA.

>> YES, BABY GORILLA.

AND I'VE BEEN WORKING WITH THE

LOS ANGELES ZOO... A LOT OF ZOOS

BUT LOS ANGELES ZOO FOR OVER 50

YEARS AND THE PHOTOGRAPHER, THE

WONDERFUL PHOTOGRAPHER WHO TOOK

ALL THE PICTURES IN HERE, ALL

THROUGH THE YEARS HE WOULD GIVE

ME A PRINT OF PICTURES THAT HE'S

TAKEN, GORGEOUS PICTURES.

AND... BUT I'VE BEEN WITH THE

ZOO SO LONG MANY OF THOSE

ANIMALS IN THERE ARE PERSONAL

FRIENDS OF MINE.

>> Jon: OH!

>> SO I PRINTED... I SAID I HAD

TO SHOW HIS PICTURES BUT THEN I

JUST TALK ABOUT MY PERSONAL

FRIENDS.

>> Jon: NOW HAVE THEY HAD TO

BUY THE BOOK OR DO YOU GIVE

COPIES TO YOUR FRIENDS?

(LAUGHTER)

OR DOES LENA... I MEAN, DOES

LENA GET A COPY OR HOW DOES

THAT...

>> NO, I... YOU HAVE TO MAKE

THEM WORK SOMEWHERE ALONG THE

LINE.

(LAUGHTER)

AND I THINK LENA TOOK UP A

COLLECTION AMONG ALL THE

KEEPERS.

>> Jon: THAT WHY THE GORILLAS

ARE ALWAYS SHAKING THE LUGGAGE

TO GET SOME MORE MONEY.

>> PROBABLY, PROBABLY.

I SHAKE MY BAGGAGE, TOO.

>> Jon: DON'T WE ALL.

WOULD THEY... DID THE ANIMALS AT

A CERTAIN POINT... DO THEY

RECOGNIZE YOU?

DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE A

RELATIONSHIP WITH THEM?

WOULD THIS LARGE GORILLA KNOW

YOU?

>> WELL, SHE DID WHEN SHE WAS A

BABY AND I WAS HOLDING HER BUT

THEN SHE MOVED TO ALBUQUERQUE SO

I HAVEN'T HAD A CHANCE TO DO

THAT.

BUT THE ONE ON THE BACK, THE

WHITE WHALE AT THE AQUARIUM.

>> Jon: CAN YOU GET THAT,

DISMUK.

>> THAT'S BEETHOVEN AND

BEETHOVEN DOES... HE'S IN THIS

HUGE POOL AS BIG AS THIS WHOLE

STUDIO AND HE... WHEN HE KNOWS

I'M THERE HE COMES SWIMMING

ACROSS I'M IN THE WATER UP TO

HERE AND HE KISSES ME RIGHT

THERE.

(AUDIENCE REACTS)

OH, HE IS WONDERFUL!

>> Jon: THEY'RE INCREDIBLY

SMART THESE WHALES.

>> OH, THEY'RE SO INTELLIGENT

AND YOU CAN... HE COMES UP, HE

SWIMS UP AND I'M SITTING ON THE

EDGE OF THE POOL AND HE PUTS HIS

HEAD WHICH IS ABOUT LIKE THIS ON

MY LAP AND SO THEN THE... HIS

TRAINER AND BEST FRIEND SAYS

"BEETHOVEN, WHY DON'T YOU SHOW

BETTY YOUR TEETH."

WELL HE HOPES THIS MOUTH AND I

RUN MY FINGER AROUND HIS TEETH,

AROUND HERE AND HE JUST THINKS

THAT'S WONDERFUL.

(LAUGHTER)

AND I THINK... I'M... I'VE GOT

MY HAND IN THE MOUTH OF A BELUGA

WHALE.

HOW LUCKY CAN I GET?

>> Jon: YEAH, THAT TRICK ONLY

DOESN'T HAVE TO WORK...

(LAUGHTER).

KEEP YOUR HANDS... "HOT IN

CLEVELAND" PREMIERS WEDNESDAY

NIGHT?

>> YES, TOMORROW NIGHT.

>> Jon: YOU'RE THE BEST.

>> OH, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Jon: BETTY AND HER FRIENDS

WATCH THE SHOW "HOT IN

CLEVELAND."

BETTY WHITE.

CAN'T DO ANY BETTER.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

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