Fans pay tribute to Betty White by sharing a clip of her hilarious banter with Joan Rivers in 1983 interview

News of Betty White passing at the age 99 on Friday, December 31, has left many of the actor’s fans and friends in the industry heartbroken.

The internet was filled with tributes, sharing their fondest memories of White’s seven-decade-long career. Among those posts was a tweet that resurfaced footage of White’s guesting at “The Tonight Show.”

Joan Rivers was the guest host on that 1983 episode of Johnny Carson’s show and White was the guest.


The two-minute clip was shared on social media for pure hilarity. As the comedians effortlessly threw roasts against one another, their funny comebacks were hilarious.

White didn’t spare a second and immediately began to poke fun at a magazine cover that featured Rivers as soon as she sat down.

“You would think you were the only cover girl in town. Did you know that I’m a cover girl?” she told the host.

Betty White showing Joan Rivers a magazine with her on the cover

“I’m surprised, but probably yes,” Rivers replied. White pulled out a magazine cover that showed her posing with a large fluffy dog, but she was unable to finish her sentence. The “Golden Girls” actor quickly came up with another joke.

“And if you dare say, ‘Who’s that other b—h on the cover?’ I will never speak to you again for as long as I live,” White said before clarifying that she’s the one in the pink jacket.

On the other hand, Rivers got into “Fashion Police” mode and ridiculed the purple outfit that White had chosen to wear that night. After tossing White’s magazine cover behind her, she told the star: “I asked you to come on tonight and look glamorous and look what you showed up in.”

White responded, “I like to think understated is a lot classier than all this other stuff hanging out all over, well it’s just ridiculous. The little tassels on everything… can you get them all going in opposite directions?”

Betty White and Joan Rivers during a "The Tonight Show" episode aired in 1983

The poster of the video on Twitter wrote in the caption, “You don’t get banter like this on many talk shows anymore.”

Many people who saw the video enjoyed it immensely. It brought back memories from when these legends graced our TV screens.

“I miss them both. God, Betty’s getting greeted up there by some real greats,” commented one.

“Joan and Betty just effortlessly throwing shade at each other is so wonderful,” said another.

A young Betty White with two dogs

Twitter footage only shows two minutes of their conversation. The original interview lasted nearly ten minutes.

The late comedy duo (Rivers passed away in September 2014 at age 81), was high-spirited throughout their conversations and cracked joke after joke to keep things amusing.

For example, right after talking about their experience as magazine cover girls, they moved on to the topic of dating, where Rivers told White, “Oh, I bet you’d be funny on a date if you ever had one.”

The two women discussed their dating lives and what qualities they were looking for in men, as well as a hilarious story about a lunch White had with Doris Day, her love for animals, and her 1983 book, “Betty White’s Pet-love: How Pets Take Care of Us.”

Betty White hugging a piglet

Since White’s death, the beloved star has been honored across social media and real life. Fans decorated her Hollywood Walk of Fame Star. On January 1, “Saturday Night live” re-aired her episode from 2010 to honor her memory.

Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Steve Martin and Ryan Reynolds, were some of the celebrities with whom she had worked.

Watch Rivers and White’s hysterical banter in the video below.