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Betty White tries to woo LeBron James -- to stay in Cleveland

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Lebron-James-Betty-WhiteImage Credit: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images; TV LandWell, Betty White is a step up from Drew Carey. The 88-year-old star of TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland has taped a video message with castmates Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick – in character – asking free agent LeBron James to continue his NBA career in Cleveland. White concludes, “I’ll make it worth your while…” The full script, courtesy of TV Land, below. UPDATE: The video has now been released. I just hope this doesn’t start a riff between White and Jay-Z, the musical guest on her SNL episode who happens to be part-owner of the New Jersey Nets, one of the teams trying to court James away from Cleveland. (Oh, who am I kidding? I would love to see that.)

VALERIE: Hi, LeBron. Now that we’re Clevelanders, we wanted to join in the effort to get you to stay.
WENDIE: I’ve heard of him. He’s an athlete, right?
BETTY: He plays for The Cavaliers.
JANE: Isn’t a Cavalier like a French cowboy?
WENDIE: That makes sense because LeBron is a French name. I bet it’s hockey.
JANE: It’s also a very elegant name. Maybe he’s a figure skater.
VALERIE: Look at us, it’s like a sports bar in here.
BETTY: What’s wrong with you girls? He’s the best basketball player on the planet.
VALERIE: LeBron, please stay.
BETTY: I’ll make it worth your while…

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Originally posted July 2 2010 — 4:05 PM EDT

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