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NBC builds special around Betty White's 90th

Television may be youth-obsessed, but it makes an exception for Betty White.

NBC builds special around Betty White's 90th

Television may be youth-obsessed, but it makes an exception for Betty White.

The "Hot in Cleveland" actress turns 90 Jan. 17, and not only is she readying a new hidden-camera show for NBC with a group of people she calls "oldsters" -- so far unscheduled but titled "Betty White's Off Their Rockers" -- but the Peacock's built a Jan. 16 special around her birthday, with a lineup that includes Ellen DeGeneres, Morgan Freeman, Tina Fey, Ray Romano, Seth Meyers and Tracy Morgan.

The title's a mouthful: "Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America's Golden Girl," and even the quip-a-minute White seems a little flummoxed by the fuss.

She told reporters at the Television Critics Association's winter meetings Friday what she's been telling everyone: "Don't give me any credit -- I didn't do anything" to get to 90.

"But I'm blessed with good health," she added. "If I were lying about my age, I'd say I was 89."

Ellen Gray Daily News TV Critic
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