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OTRC: Betty White talks new book, falling in love with 'Hot in Cleveland' co-stars

Betty White talks about books, television and gushes about her colleagues to OnTheRedCarpet.com at a PaleyFest 2011 event honoring the cast of 'Hot in Cleveland.' (OnTheRedCarpet.com)

Betty White, star of "Hot in Cleveland," says she has finished her sixth book and plans to release it the first week of May 2011.

White says it was a lot easier filming "Hot in Cleveland" than writing her newest book, "If You Ask Me: (And of Course You Won't)."

"Well, I got through finishing my book. That was the pressure. The TV show seemed like child's play," White told Chris Balish of OnTheRedCarpet.com at a recent PaleyFest 2011 event honoring the cast of "Hot in Cleveland."

"It's just a series," she said. It's my sixth book and it's just Old Betty wheezing away again."

"Hot in Cleveland" was renewed for its third season in February 2011.The production schedule made it challenging for White to find time to write.

"Well you don't have hours a day, so you do hours at night and that gets a little weary but I got it finished," White said.

White was set in 2010 to write two books that deal with issues such as sex, animals and her work as an actress as she continues to enjoy an on-screen comeback.

White is also the author of "The Leading Lady: Dinah's Story," which is about how a retired guide dog owned by the actress used to help a blind man, as well as the book "Here We Go Again: My Life In Television."

At PaleyFest 2011, White praised her co-stars.

"Working with Valerie and Wendy and Jane, they are incredible," she said. "They really are. We fell in love. We did the table read the first day, we fell in love and we've been in love ever since."

White also applauded TV Land's decision to create and produce the hit-comedy show.

"I think it's an old fashioned situation comedy and TV Land, the network, has, you know, been through the years known for rerunning the old classics and I think they were so smart. This is the first live scripting that they've done," White said. "They just wrote like an old classic. They knew their audience very well. That's what their audience wanted and that's what they got."

TV Land ordered up 22 episodes of the series which also co-stars Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Mallick.

The actresses of the hit-show are aware of their great chemistry.

"Betty is just like the rest of us," Wendie Mallick told OnTheRedCarpet.com at PaleyFest 2011. "I mean we are all like girlfriends who hang together and we all share some reverent senses of humor but very devoted to our families and our friends and all, I think, share the sense of gratitude that we are really lucky broads."

White recently won a Screen Actors Guild award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series for her work on the show.

The show brought in 3.2 million viewers per episode for its second season and saw a series of Guest actors this past season which included Melanie Griffith, Tim Conway, Jon Lovitz and returning star Carl Reiner. The first episode of season two saw White sharing a jail cell with her former television co-star, Mary Tyler Moore.

Reporting by Chris Balish, co-host of KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).

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