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Betty White weighs in on Cecil the lion's killing: 'How can somebody do that?'

Betty White has long been known as a passionate supporter of animal causes, so it's no surprise the "Hot in Cleveland" star had some sharp words for Walter James Palmer, the American dentist who killed Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe.

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FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2015 file photo, Betty White attends the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza in New York. White will be honored with this year's lifetime achievement award next month at the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. The Daytime Emmys air April 26 on the Pop network. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

In an interview with the Associated Press Thursday, the 93-year-old TV legend sounded off on the killing, which has sparked global outrage over the past few days.

"You don't want to hear some of the things I want to do to that man," White said.

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"It's such a heartbreaker. You can't even talk about it, and to see this king of the jungle and personifying it in every way, this gorgeous creature. How can somebody do that?" she added.

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epa04864234 An undated handout photo provided by the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority on 28 July 2015 shows Cecil, one of Zimbabwe's most famous lions, who was reportedly shot dead by US hunter Walter Palmer, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, according to reports in the UK media. Cecil was allegedly shot with a crossbow on 06 July. HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

White was promoting her new gig as host of "Pawgust," a block of programming on Discovery Family Channel airing in August.

Palmer has not been formally charged with a crime for killing Cecil, one of the oldest and most famous lions in Zimbabwe. However, he will likely be forced back to Africa to face charges for what officials say was an illegal trophy hunt, legal analyst Lisa Bloom told TODAY Friday.

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