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Retirement? Eek! Is beloved showbiz legend Betty White, now 90, leaving her "Hot" TV Land sitcom? Well, that depends on who's telling the story.

Happy Birthday, Betty White! Your TV Land sitcom, Hot in Cleveland, has been renewed for a fourth season.

But will you be back?

The beloved Golden Girl is 90 years young Tuesday and if tittle tattling tabloid tipsters have the scoop, she's finally eyeing retirement.

Cleveland, currently in its third season, has received the green light for a fourth season, TV Land said Monday. The surprise comedy hit just nabbed a season order for 24 all-new episodes that will debut in November.

On Wednesday's new episode of the show, White's Elka celebrates her 90th birthday with a trip to the Cleveland Browns locker room.

But celebrity tattle Mike Walker claims Hot in Cleveland fans will be seeing a lot less of Elka/Betty next season -- if at all. Insiders say the daily grind of shooting a weekly sitcom has simply become "too much" for the previously "anti-retirement" nonagenarian. (That's the word for a 90-something -- awesome!)

"Betty's finally acknowledged it's just too much for her -- as much as she loves it, it's just so much aggravation," reports an inside production source.

Not everyone will be disappointed to see Betty go. Word on the curb has it that the accommodations made for the showbiz legend by Cleveland producers have long been the source of contention among the show's cast members.

"While she's close pals with co-star Valerie Bertinelli, she's had to face sniping from co-stars Wendie Malick and Jane Leeves, who b***h that shooting schedules are often turned upside down to accommodate Betty's routine -- and she doesn't blame them," the set informant reveals.

After more than 70 years in front of the camera, Betty is now content to spend the rest of her life championing animal rights issues. She recently published a tome about her life's work: Improving conditions for animals housed in zoos.

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"She doesn't want to feel she's being a burden on anyone, but says she just can't go through a workday like younger actresses."

Hot in Cleveland revolves around three best friends from Los Angeles -- novelist Melanie Moretti (Bertinelli), eyebrow archer to the stars Joy Scroggs (Leeves) and former soap opera actress Victoria Chase (Malick) -- who rent a house from feisty landlord Elka (White) and start a new life -- in Ohio.

TV Land's first original scripted sitcom, Cleveland debuted to 4.8 million viewers in 2009, setting a network record. The show remains the highest-rated and most-watched series in the history of the nostaglia-lovin' network.

No word on what this rumored retirement might mean for White's upcoming NBC hidden-camera prank seriesBetty White's Off Their Rockers.

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Comments on "Is Betty White leaving Hot in Cleveland ?"

tricia October 23, 2013 | 6:44 PM

Great stars, and the first season was good. But I have to say this show should never have run this long. The material for the show after around season 2 got really bad. It just seems like they are kind of grasping at things to write about and I'm sorry but in my opinion the show has become really stupid and not funny at all. Time for the show to go now. I'm sure with all the great talented actors they can find something much better to do than this - it really has become very poor quality.

M.s February 18, 2013 | 8:17 AM

I am glad to hear that Hot in Cleveland will continue. I look forward to this show every week, and have always enjoyed Betty White's fun, witty humor, Valerie's humor, and the other girls aired in the program humor. I wish they would air more Exes also, and Happily Married. Those are the three better comedies airing on sitcom today.

Janelle February 02, 2013 | 7:50 AM

I find Betty White extremely annoying and also very dirty in her speech and the roles she accepts. I think the lines are generally funny for the others it made me laugh a bit .. but cut out the smut no need for it all. Ive never ever laughed remotely at Betty White even in the Golden Girls. Bea Arthur was the major talent and underrated.

Ryan January 28, 2013 | 3:03 PM

I dont believe this story for one minute.. So what if they cater to her she has earned it and she is the star and I highly doubt Wendy or Jane have that big an issue with it and seems taping happens when it usually does. I think this writer was trying to make a story out of something that wasnt and all these women have been around and I dont believe Jane and Wendie wouldnt be understanding if any issues betty would have since she is 90? They all have worked a hard long schedule.Show me one other cable show who has done as many episodes as this in such a short time.. Stop making Jane and Wendie to be monsters and even they get a big upset that doesnt mean they want her to go.. Ive seen the behind seens shows they are not faking having a good time but like family doesnt mean you dont get irratated at each other from time to time. Keep up the great work ladies and clearly Betty didnt retire and isnt going to as long as she can and wants to work.. Im guessing they are taking a good long 6 months off and well deserved for all.. See u at Junes Live Premeir

Kelly January 09, 2013 | 3:07 PM

sorry to see Betty white play that role. They're trying to make the show crude and cute, but I don't think it's cute at all. It's not becoming of Betty white and it does nothing for Valerie bertinelli or the ex Frasier star. Betty white making crude comments is a turn off. One of the poorest sitcoms I've seen on TV.

yamama November 23, 2012 | 12:50 PM

Betty White should have retired years ago. Giving a 92 year old stupid one liners about is not funny at all. Where is her self respect? Does she need the monay that badly?

Leah May 24, 2012 | 9:58 AM

End of and Era :( but Like other People I Don't Blame Her for Wanting to Retire.... Loved Betty Since the Golden Girls... and also I don't see how the Show could Stay of the Air without Her Except. I Like Valerie B. and I know People like Jane Leeves Since Fraiser. I do also watch iff Ur Rocker as well with Betty,, its Funny,.. even if that gose off I hope We see her in Shows as a Guest Star. Anyways I Might watch 1 or 2 of then when She gose off and See if its as Funny... but I don't think So. Well Betty Good Luck to U Love You!

Jessica January 18, 2012 | 10:19 PM

I full respect Betty White's decision, but I will no longer watch the show.

Colleen January 17, 2012 | 7:23 PM

Well- as far as I'm concerned Betty has the right to do whatever she'd like. However, I will say that if she is no longer a cast member of "Hot in Cleveland", I myself will have no interest in watching the show anymore, and would not be surprised if many others feel the same.

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