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Betty White only woman in America to rebuff Robert Pattinson’s advances

By Kim Palacios

Betty White must be senile.

It’s the only explanation for her exclusive statement to Access Hollywood, in which she refused to “flirt back” in response to Robert Pattinson’s remark on “The View” that he thought she was “sexy” (view the video below). “Now that is a comedy line!” the 88-year-old actress replied, once she heard wind of what Pattinson had said on a March 2nd episode of The View. Yet, Rob’s original delivery of the comments was made with absolute reverence.

When co-host of The View, Sherri Shepherd, recited the text of an e-mail sent from a reader asking Rob whether he would date an older woman, Rob immediately responded “Yeah…I think Betty White is one of the sexiest women in America”. The other co-hosts laughed and ribbed him for his response: “That’s very sweet,” said Joy Behar, “even though it’s the biggest lie I’ve ever heard.” She went on to try to clarify the question for Pattinson by saying, “We’re talking ten years, here—we’re talking ‘Cougar Town, like Demi and Ashton’”. Rob continued to defend his original position, saying “[Betty White] is vibrant, and she’s sexy. I think, the more age, the better, in fact,” at which point The View co-hosts thanked Rob and “Remember Me” co-star Emilie de Ravin for being on the show.

The interaction was all in good fun, but the “would you date an older woman?” question is one many fans would be interested in hearing, particularly since Rob’s original answer to the question seemed outlandish. With his upcoming birthday on May 13th, Rob will turn 24, an age sandwiched precariously between those of his two largest fan bases. Between teenagers for whom the books were written and women old enough to be their moms, in some cases, lusting after Rob is a family affair.

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About Kim Palacios

Kim Palacios is a San Francisco Bay Area transplant whose epicurean tendencies are matched only by her wanderlust. While not covering food, wine, and luxury travel for her column on Examiner.com, she guest writes for Travel Writers Exchange and a number of other varied-topic blogs. She is quadrilingual and holds an M.B.A. in Finance (neither of which she uses much these days). While not mourning the death of free markets and grumbling about the tax treatment of Californians, she enjoys film, and all things Twilight.

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One Comment

  • April 30, 2010 | Permalink |

    I would take Betty White’s place in a minute and I’m sure thousands of women agree.

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