Following the sad passing of comedy legend Carl Reiner, fellow legend Betty White paid tribute to him, saying it was a ‘privilege’ to call him a friend.
“I loved Carl [Reiner] dearly,” Betty White, 98, said in a statement to HollywoodLife following the news that Carl Reiner, 98, had passed away in his Beverly Hills. “[It was] a Privilege working with him…He was always fun to be with as he always had something funny in his head…..I am heartbroken.”
Betty and Carl’s friendship spanned decades. “I loved this girl since I first saw her on The Betty White Show,” Reiner told Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier in 2017, after the two reunited on an episode of Young & Hungry. This came after a previous reunion on Bett’s TV Land show, Hot In Cleveland. “We were lovers in that,” Reiner remembered. “I actually kissed her on the mouth and enjoyed it.” “Not necessarily on camera,” Betty joked. In reality, Betty was married to Carl’s friend, Allen Ludden, for 18 years.
“I was under her husband’s command in the Pacific. Captain Allen Ludden was my captain,” Carl said at the time. “When he married this lovely lady, I said, ‘What a match!’ I consider her my captain-in-law.”
Carl died on Monday (June 29) while surrounded by his friends and family. His assistant said he passed due to natural causes. After his death, his Ocean’s Eleven costar George Clooney issued a statement, saying, “Carl Reiner made every room he walked into funnier, smarter, kinder. It all seemed so effortless. What an incredible gift he gave us all. His was a life well lived and we’re all the better for it. Rest in peace my friend.”
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