Betty White Spoofs Miley Cyrus 'Wrecking Ball' Clip (Video)

Wednesday, 23 Oct 2013 08:30 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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If imitation is the greatest form of flattery, 20-year-old singer Miley Cyrus is probably blushing at Betty White's promo this week for her show "Betty White's Off Their Rocker."

The 91-year-old White spoofed Cyrus' music video for her hit song "Wrecking Ball," in which the singer appeared nude riding a wrecking ball.

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But a fully-clothed White can be seen swing on a wrecking ball in her parody. 

"And before you ask, don’t worry, Betty fans — the video . . . is indeed twerk-free," said Pamela Gocobachi, of Entertainment Tonight. "The 30-second TV spot starts off innocently enough with White telling viewers that she was asked to come up with a few ideas on how to promote the Lifetime premiere of series this Wednesday." 

"I got some ideas from recent pop culture events that really got the kids talking," White said in the promo that shows her crashing through a wall while riding the wrecking ball. The video ends with White asking if someone can bring her a sledgehammer.

The Hollywood Reporter reported last week that Lifetime revived White's hidden camera show for 2014 after NBC cancelled it after two seasons. 

Lifetime ordered 20 new half-hour shows but has not scheduled a date for when the series will make its debut.

The series, where the elderly plays pranks on younger folks while hidden cameras roll, began in April 2012 as a NBC special tribute to White's 90th birthday special, which had 12 million viewers, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The series ran for 12 episodes from January to May 2012. It also had 14 installments this year. The series ended July 9 on NBC. Recent episodes averaged a 1.5 rating with adults ages 18 to 49 with 5.3 million viewers, but it could not draw a DVR crowd.

Lifetime has found a hit with Marc Cherry's "Devious Maids" after ABC passed on the show by the "Desperate Housewives" creator. The show had a 50 percent increase in viewership in September since its June premiere and has been renewed for a second season.

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