Betty White hosted a five-and-a-half-hour long live talk show six days a week from 1949 to 1953.

Hollywood on Television

Betty White in 1954

Hollywood on Television was a five-and-a-half-hour, six-day-a-week live television talk show starring newcomer Betty White and radio disc jockey Al Jarvis that ran from 1949-1953. When Jarvis left the show in 1951, film star Eddie Albert took his place and co-hosted with White for six months until thirty-three and a half hours of live ad-lib television per week, featuring just the two of them, took its toll and he also resigned. White was then hosting the show alone, and is believed to have been the first female television talk show host as a result. After a period of White talking directly into the camera lens for hours at a stretch, the show began accepting guests to interact with her as well as gradually incorpora… Continue Reading (2 minute read)

7 thoughts on “Betty White hosted a five-and-a-half-hour long live talk show six days a week from 1949 to 1953.”

  1. highoncraze

    33.5 hours of live ad-lib television per week…

    Al Jarvis and Eddie Albert were radio disc jockeys that consecutively worked with her on the show but resigned because of the toll it took.

  2. IntoTheMystic1

    >After a period of White talking directly into the camera lens for hours at a stretch, the show began accepting guests to interact with

    I’m sure Betty was amazing but that just sounds so bizarre

  3. OutdatedElements

    This entire concept just sounds absolutely grueling.

  4. lolwut_17

    The early days of television are bizarre

  5. NativeMasshole

    God damn she’s old! Amazing how she’s managed to stay relevant through basically the entirety of television.

  6. ras_the_elucidator

    She was Ryan Seacrest before Ryan Seacrest was Ryan Seacrest

  7. ghostradish

    She also had a black tap dancer named Arthur Duncan on the show and when people of the time were outraged, she gave him more air time. God I love her

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