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Hollywood Life: Betty White's Reaction to Good Friend and Fellow Actor Carl Reiner's Death at 98

Junie Sihlangu
Jul 01, 2020
08:56 A.M.

This week, actor Carl Reiner sadly passed away at his home in Beverly Hills at the age of 98. His friend and fellow actor, Betty White, has since reacted to the news.


White, 98, and Reiner were co-stars on the series “Hot In Cleveland.” She recently gave a statement to “HollywoodLife,” about losing the actor whom she considered a friend.

The actress said: “I loved Carl [Reiner] dearly.” White also added how “[It was] a privilege working with him…He was always fun to be with as he always had something funny in his head…”

Betty White as Rose Nylund on "The Golden Palace" on January 01, 1992 | Photo: CBS/Getty Images

Betty White as Rose Nylund on "The Golden Palace" on January 01, 1992 | Photo: CBS/Getty Images


She shared how “heartbroken” she was by his passing. The star and Reiner had been friends for decades and in a 2017, interview the late star confessed his love for White.

He kissed me on the mouth and not necessarily on-camera – Betty White


He said: “I loved this girl since I first saw her on ‘The Betty White Show.’” White hosted a 1954 talk show on NBC and a 1949 radio show, both with the same name.


Reiner’s sitcom, “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” was instrumental in launching the actress’s career. The pair was destined to have a bond as White had been married to Reiner’s friend, Allen Ludden.




The late actor’s friend had been his captain and commander when they were in the Pacific. When Ludden married White, Reiner confessed:

“When he married this lovely lady, I said, ‘What a match!’ I consider her my captain-in-law.”


On “Hot In Cleveland,” White and Reiner acted like a couple. The late star once recalled a scene stating, “I actually kissed her on the mouth and enjoyed it,” with his co-star joking: “Not necessarily on camera.”




Besides acting on the comedy sitcom together, the pair also appeared as lovers on “Young & Hungry.” Reiner also starred in movies like "Toy Story 4" and the "Oceans" film series.


His death was confirmed on Twitter by his son, Rob Reiner, who directed “The Princess Bride." He described his late father as "my guiding light."

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