‘Golden Girls’ Star Betty White Detailed Why She Hosted a Practical Joke Show Despite Not Liking Them

by Megan Molseed
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It sounds like something the wise-cracking Sophia Petrillo would do on the hit series “The Golden Girls.” It certainly doesn’t seem like something Betty White’s “Golden Girls” character, Rose Nylund would ever be caught doing. But it wasn’t Rose to play the practical jokes on unsuspecting people, it was Betty White. However, noted the star, it’s not something she particularly enjoyed doing.

In 2012, Betty White discussed the series “Off Their Rockers,” a practical joke and hidden camera show she once hosted, with the Sydney Morning Herald.

“It’s silly nonsense is what it really is,” Betty White said of the series which originally premiered on NBC.

The series originally premiered in the United States in 2012. Along with hosting the series, White also served as the show’s executive producer.

The show’s basic premise is that the elderly play pranks on younger generations. “Off Their Rockers” added a new twist to the genre that was made popular by shows like “Candid Camera,” and “Punk’d.”

“I think a lot of people like hidden-camera shows where they think they’re spying on somebody who doesn’t know they’re looking at them,” the former “Mary Tyler Moore Show” actress added.

Betty White Has Had Many Roles Over The Years

Betty White began her acting career in the late 1930s. During her lengthy career in show business, the actress spent time in the broadcasting fields, comedy, and even production. White was a pioneer in the field working on sitcoms, her own talk shows, and even finding her way onto the popular gameshow circuit in the 1960s.

Betty White first started making an appearance on the popular “Mary Tyler Moore Show,” working alongside Mary Tyler Moore and Ed Asner.

1985 brought what many would argue was the biggest role of Betty White’s career – portraying St. Olaf, Minnesota native, Rose Nylund on the massively popular sitcom, “The Golden Girls.”

Initially, “Off Their Rockers” lasted two seasons on NBC. Later, the Lifetime network picked the show up for its third season. The series ended up taking a three-year hiatus between 2014-2017 during this season. The final episodes of the practical jokes series’s third season aired in the fall of 2017.

“Nobody takes it seriously,” Betty White told the outlet. “You either enjoy it and get a laugh out of the reactions or not.”

For Ms. White, the jokes may have been nonsense, but there were little pieces of the hidden-camera television series that she enjoyed.

“It’s fun to turn the tables a little bit,” Betty White told The Sydney Morning Herald. “Some of the reactions of the young people when they don’t expect to hear what they hear, that is fun.”

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