The last surviving Golden Girl, Betty White, 88, has got to be overwhelming sad today to hear of the death of her close friend and costar, Rue McClanahan.

According to TV Land reps, she is not talking to press today, although she did release a brief but tender and emotional statement to Zap2it about the loss of her friend: “Rue was a close and dear friend. I treasured our relationship. It hurts more than I even thought it would, if that’s possible.”

The show’s publicists tell The Dish Rag that her new show, “Hot in Cleveland” starring Betty, Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, and Wendie Malick, has scheduled preshoots today.

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Posted by:Elizabeth Snead