Betty White, 88, Named AP Entertainer of the Year

5:49 AM PST 12/20/2010 by Lindsay Powers
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The "Hot in Cleveland" star beat out Glee, Conan O'Brien and Jon Stewart to be named the most influential in pop culture.

Betty White has been named the Associated Press' entertainer of the year.

White, who also graces one of the covers of The Hollywood Reporter's 80th anniversary issue, beat out Glee, Conan O'Brien and James Cameron as the most influential pop culture figure in a vote by the 102 U.S. news organizations that make up the AP's membership.

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

White returned to prominence this year by appearing in a Snickers ad aired during Super Bowl, and then by receiving a lifetime achievement award from the Screen Actors Guild. She went on to host one of the highest-rated Saturday Night Live episodes of all time and star in Hot in Cleveland (which nabbed TV Land its first SAG nominations ever last week) and will release two books.

"It's just been a lovely year, I must admit," says White.

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