Valerie Bertinelli creates a stir by suggesting, then retracting, suspicions about the account

By Mike Fleeman
Updated April 11, 2012 04:15 PM
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What if Betty White isn’t so crazy about Ryan Seacrest after all?

Amid much publicity, the star of the new NBC show Off Their Rockers finally started Tweeting at age 90, posting a flirty message about the American Idol host on her verified account.

But the next morning, Valerie Bertinelli, who costars on White’s other show, TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland, stirred up the Twitter-verse by suggesting White’s account (which now has more than 144,000 followers) was not legit.

“Just spoke with Betty and she is VERY upset!” wrote Bertinelli. “@BettyMWhite is NOT her. Don’t know how they got verified, but it is not Betty. Please RT!”

And many followers did in fact re-Tweet as the phones started ringing and emails starting flying at the offices of White’s reps.

Minutes later, Bertinelli suggested the account heralded as “The Official Twitter Page of Betty White” was opened without White’s knowledge.

“Stop the presses!” she wrote. “Betty just got a call. An account was opened on her behalf by her people. More to come…”

The “more” took the form of a retraction and a profanity.

“It’s all a misunderstanding,” wrote Bertinelli. “@BettyMWhite IS Betty’s twitter account! Now follow me back, b—-! ;-)”

She added, “I think @BettyMWhite pranked me but good! #blushing.”

No response yet from Seacrest.