Nov. 29, 2011 at 12:21 PM ET
She may be 89, but that doesn't mean Betty White has stopped making new fans. To the likely surprise of TV Land network executives and Betty herself, her show "Hot in Cleveland" apparently has a strong adolescent following.
"Twelve-year-old boys!" White told Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford Tuesday on TODAY as she shared an interview with co-stars Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick. "It's not a joke."
White referred to getting fan mail that read, "I'm so-and-so and I'm 12, and my grandmother and I watch this show."
Malick said she knew "Cleveland" would appeal to women, "but the interesting thing is how many young men and women watch."
The series focuses on three showbiz vets who relocate from Los Angeles to Ohio -- where they're suddenly much more welcome, despite their slightly older years. White plays Elka, an elderly caretaker who befriends and berates them.
"Elka is the pain in the a--," said White.
Meanwhile, Gifford, who will guest on "Cleveland" in its third season, offered a new casting suggestion for the show: Regis Philbin. She suggested her former "Live" co-host could show up as the new morning talk show host, and Elka would get a crush on him.
"Regis, he needs a job," said Gifford.
The third season of "Hot in Cleveland" premieres Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 10 p.m. ET on TV Land.
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