Cher will pay tribute to Betty White by playing the Golden Girls theme song in an upcoming TV special honouring the late actress. White, who lived in Brentwood, California, died of a stroke on New Year’s Eve (December 31) at the age of 99.
The renowned actor and entertainment personality, who would have turned 100 just a few weeks after her death, is best known for her role as Rose Nylund on the hit US TV sitcom which aired for seven seasons from 1985 to 1992.
Cher will perform the show’s theme song, ‘Thank You For Being A Friend,’ as part of Celebrating Betty White: America’s Golden Girl, an hour-long event honouring White that will premiere on NBC on 31st January at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The following day, it will be available to stream on Peacock.
Cher shared a sneak peek of her performance on social media on 28th January. You can check it out below:
Valerie Bertinelli, Bryan Cranston, Ted Danson, Ellen DeGeneres, Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Ana Gasteyer, Goldie Hawn, Vicki Lawrence, Jane Leeves, Jay Leno, Wendie Malick, Joel McHale, Jean Smart, Mary Steenburgen, and others will also feature in Celebrating Betty White: America’s Golden Girl.
Cynthia Fee sang the Golden Girls’ version of ‘Thank You For Being A Friend,’ which was written and recorded by Andrew Gold. Josh Klinghoffer paid tribute to White last month with his own rendition of the Golden Girls theme song. On the evening of White’s death, the current Pearl Jam touring guitarist and former Red Hot Chili Peppers member turned to Instagram to pay tribute to the actor and toast the New Year.
Meanwhile, Saturday Night Live broadcast a rerun of White’s 2010 episode earlier this month. After a fan-led campaign to get her on the show garnered thousands of signatures, the late actor headlined SNL. She welcomed musical guest JAY-Z and featured in a number of sketches alongside cast members past and present, including Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Maya Rudolph, after delivering the show’s customary opening monologue.