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Betty White chosen as AP's entertainer of the year

December 20, 2010 |  7:00 pm

Betty White in an ad for Snickers

Betty White was named entertainer of the year by the Associated Press on Monday and took the news in typical Betty White fashion.

"It's ridiculous," the 88-year-old actress said of the honor. "They haven't caught on to me, and I hope they never do."

White won with 20 of 102 votes cast, two votes ahead of the cast of "Glee." Conan O'Brien, James Cameron and the iPad tied for third with 13 votes each, and Jon Stewart came in next with 12.

In 2010, White added to her resume a Snickers commercial, a Screen Actors Guild award, a "Saturday Night Live" hosting appearance, a new sitcom and status as the unofficial, low-key, go-to gal on "Proposal" costar Sandra Bullock's divorce — even though she never really told anyone anything about it. And the list goes on. Seriously, the Ministry had about a bajillion Betty White articles this year. There was even a tiny little death hoax, because some people have no class.

"If they want me to go away, if they get tired of me," White said, "just stop asking me because I keep saying, 'Yes.' "

Voters — from the ranks of some of the news organizations that make up the AP — cast their ballots for who had the most influence on the entertainment world and culture in 2010. Previous winners include Taylor Swift, Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert.

Personally, we can't wait to hear if Conan has to say about tying with the iPad.

Who do you think had the most influence on entertainment and culture in 2010? Share in comments.


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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Betty White's Snickers commercial debuted during the 2010 Super Bowl. Credit: Associated Press.