Everybody Loves Raymond actress Doris Roberts has laughed off rumours she hates rival veteran Betty White - hailing the star as a "leader" for senior citizen celebrities.
The beloved 79 year old was reported to be jealous of the Golden Girls star's recent return to favour, which has seen her land a string of acting roles and a hosting slot on hit U.S. sketch show Saturday Night Live at the age of 88.
But Roberts, who played Ray Romano's fussing mother on the now defunct sitcom, is adamant she has nothing but admiration for her ageing peer.
She tells UsMagazine.com. "Why would I not want the best for her? She's great! I admire her tremendously. I'm so pleased that things are happening for her, because she's showing us that anybody over the age of 50 is perfectly capable of doing all these things. She's our leader."