While the cast of the "Golden Girls" looked friendly on set, Betty White reveals in a new interview that not everything was friendly behind the scenes.
"Bea [Arthur] was not that fond of me," White said on "The Joy Behar Show" on Wednesday. The video for the interview can be seen below. White was on promoting her new memoir "If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won't)" which went on sale Tuesday. "I don't know what I ever did but she was not that thrilled with me."
White adds, "But I loved Bea and I admired her."
The actress also said at a recent TimesTalk event that Arthur was the one cast member who was opposed to a reunion.
"Bea is the reason," White said, according to Entertainment Weekly, when asked why there was not a "Golden Girls" reunion. "There were talks, but Bea wouldn't do it. She said, 'quit while you're ahead.'"
On the show, White played the naïve Rose while Arthur played dry-humored Dorothy. Estelle Getty starred as Dorthy's mother Sophia and Rue McClanahan played Blanche. Getty died in July 2008 at the age of 84. Arthur died from cancer on April 25, 2009 at the age of 86, and McClanahan died in 2010 at age 76.
White, Arthur and McClanahan reunited at an event several years ago (see video) where they accepted the Pop Culture Award at the 2008 TV Land Awards.
"I can't believe I'm the only one left," the 89-year-old actress said, referring to her former cast mates. "Because I was the oldest."
White revealed that Getty was so afraid of death and that she refused to do death-related jokes on the show.
"She was mortally afraid of death," White said of Getty. "I can't tell you how many funeral homes or scenes by caskets that we played, but she was never happy with it."
White is set to host and produce a new NBC hidden-camera show, tentatively called "Betty White's Off Their Rockers," which follows a group of seven senior citizens who play pranks on younger people.
Her new series is made up of 12 half-hour episodes and is based on a Belgian show called "Benidorm Bastards." Local versions of the show have been produced in other Europe countries and in South Korea.
"People have been telling me that I'm 'Off My Rocker' for years - now I can prove it," White said in a statement provided by NBC.
Paul Telegdy, Executive Vice President of Alternative Programming at NBC and Universal Media Studios, called White a "comedic genius who escalates hilarity in any situation," adding: "Viewers will thoroughly enjoy watching her pull one over on the unsuspecting youth of America."
A premiere date for "Off Their Rockers" has not yet been announced.