Betty White recently passed away after decades as one of television’s most beloved actors. White suffered a stroke and passed away shortly before her 100th birthday. There have been very few people with something bad to say about Betty.

Joel McHale has worked a lot on television himself, including with Betty. The Community star was recently asked what he thought about Golden Girls co-stars Bea Arthur and Rue McClanahan allegedly calling Betty the c-word during the show’s iconic run. McHale said the numbers don’t lie, and they bear out that Betty was everything she was cracked up to be.

Joel was skeptical that just two out of Betty White’s hundreds of coworkers over the years had something bad to say about her. McHale named several of Betty’s most well-remembered projects and noted that nobody had anything negative to say. Joel McHale is a staunch defender of Betty White, as he defended her to TMZ during a subway ride.

“So, two out of six billion? Whenever you hear a bad story about someone, you’re like, ‘Oh, ok. Are other people telling that story?’ And if there’s 400 stories about that person, then it’s probably the person. If there’s one or two stories about that person, it’s the people telling the story.


One of the most professional people I’ve ever worked with. Could not have been cooler. Could not have been cooler. Could not have been kinder, and, Community had crazy hours and she never went back to her trailer. She just waited, sat in a chair, did her thing, nailed her lines, new everything, nailed the jokes, killed it.”

Joel McHale said that if Betty White was anything other than a total pro, we would’ve heard about it from more than just two people. Americans can breathe a sigh of relief. It sounds like the real issue was with Bea and Rue.

Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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