So, let’s see: A widely praised Super Bowl commercial, a Facebook campaign that resulted in a highly rated “Saturday Night Live” episode, an Emmy, a lifetime achievement Screen Actors Guild Award, a new sitcom that netted another SAG Award nomination. That was Betty White‘s year — what did you do?
For her re-ascent to the top of the pop-culture consciousness, the 88-year-old White has been named Entertainer of the Year by the Associated Press. The wire service collected 102 ballots from member organizations, and White received 20 first-place votes. She beat the cast of “Glee” for the honor by two votes.
“It’s ridiculous,” White tells the AP. “They haven’t caught on to me, and I hope they never do.”
White started her year by receiving SAG’s lifetime achievement award in January, and she’s ending it as a SAG nominee for her individual performance in TV Land’s comedy “Hot in Cleveland” (the show’s ensemble is also nominated for best cast of a comedy series). In between she won an Emmy for her May turn as host of “Saturday Night Live,” which followed a Facebook campaign to get her on the show and gave “SNL” its biggest audience in some time.
White says all the accolades and fan response have been “phenomenal” — she just doesn’t want people to call it a comeback.
“Everybody keeps congratulating me on my resurgence and my big comeback,” she tells the AP. “I haven’t been away, guys. I’ve been working steadily for the last 63 years. … I’ve had my own following all that time. If they want me to go away, if they get tired of me, just stop asking me because I keep saying yes.”