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Tina Fey hangs up her Palin wig

November 6, 2008

 It’s official!

Comedian Tina Fey has gotten her wish and will no longer play Alaska governor Sarah Palin on the comedy sketch show “Saturday Night Live” after the Republican contender for vice president lost out in Tuesday’s U.S. elections. 
Fey’s dead-on impersonations of Palin drew record ratings for “Saturday Night LIve” and became almost as talked about nationally as the maverick politician and hockey mom herself.

But Fey, who stars in the NBC show “30 Rock,” told the magazine Entertainment Weekly that she has no plans to play Palin again.  
“I have to retire just because I have to do my day job,” Fey told the magazine. 
Fey, 38, went the extra mile by suggesting a replacement if “Saturday Night Live” needs someone to play Palin again, suggesting that ”SNL” cast member Kristen Wiig should carry the torch from now on. 
“Maybe we could get a real torch,” Fey told Entertainment Weekly. “Or I could give Wiig the Palin wig.”
Before the election, Fey made clear she was hoping not to have to play Palin after November 4, saying she planned on “leaving Earth” if  the Republican was elected. 
(Writing by Alex Dobuzinskis)


The problem with Tina is that she was so good and so entertaining that anything she does from now on will be anti-climatic, or that she will be type-cast. This usually ends ones acting career unless the person can re-invent themself. Its hard to look at Tina and not think of Palin, even with no makeup!

Posted by turismo | Report as abusive

Tina Fey gets full credit for helping Obama win the election. No one did more to expose the real Palin, or for that matter to expose the real McCain for nominating Palin in the first place.
Tina has certainly earned her place in American political history.

Posted by David Green | Report as abusive

Fey is so smart and clever that even my father, a staunch fiscal conservative, claimed he would rather have her as the VP candidate than Palin herself. The resemblance between them is very striking, so I doubt another actress will do the part as well. But Tina Fey is so much more than just a pretty look-alike- she’ll do fine even if she retires the part.

Posted by Morgan | Report as abusive

I doubt that, she’s already so well established as a comedic writer that she can’t be typecast. She tends to act in the stuff she writes.

Posted by Draco | Report as abusive

No Turismo. As “dead on” as Tina’s impersonation was of Palin, she’ll soon reinvent herself easily. We’ll quickly forget that terrific act, as the nation quickly forgets the idiotic and unimpressive candidacy Sarah Palin.

Posted by Steven | Report as abusive

Tina Fey is a true American Hero. In every sense of the word.

Posted by andym | Report as abusive

SHL is a national treasure, not only “Palin” but since start they have brought us more great comedy and great comedians then any other source… From “killer bees” and such on, as I can remember way back, I always made time for SNL.. even when they were not so great, they were better then most. SNL, off to the Smithsonian with you all. and thanks Tina, Chev, Jim and all of you…you let us view, and laugh at what all to often, is the reality of the USA…

Posted by chuck | Report as abusive

She’ll be playing Palin again in about 3 years when the GOP dusts her off and runs her in 2012.

Posted by Smart Enough | Report as abusive

Turismo: It would be possible if this was her first big role. It isn’t, she has a solid career, and this won’t end it.

Posted by Elia | Report as abusive

I for one never cared for Tina Fey, even before Sarah Palin or 30 Rock. Yeah, she’s pretty and clever, but at the expense of mocking others. I realize SNL has always poked fun at others, especially politicians, but I find something mean-spirited about Tina and Amy Poehler, and don’t watch SNL much anymore. I hope motherhood tempers them both.


What this REALLY proves… is that writer Tina Fey, (not Al Franken) is the former SNL scribe that should run for political office.

Tina is a pleasant liberal… and she’d be wise after 30 Rock to consider making the same move that Ronald Reagan made: Get into politics Tina, and just play yourself.

Adopting her first name Elizabeth as her after-entertainment name… and entering Pennsylvania politics… she could easily do what Franken failed to do. Create separation. A working mother as much as Palin, with a supportive husband, and Greek-American and German-American roots… what’s not to like?

Posted by David | Report as abusive

tina fey was a judas goat that twisted the facts and people who didn’t do their homework were dumb enough to fall for. tina fey did her evil part to ruin the HOPES of many who needed some one to speak up for person’s with disabilities. tina fey was right about one thing, she shouldn’t be on the same stage with palin because fey is not “pagent quality” like she pointed out on late night talk show. tina fey, cattie couric, gloria steinman, (nag nag about “not qualified” because PALIN doesn’t fall into line with the old bats who want abortion!) cattie couric, gush gush over obama and slap people on the wrist in her tart fashion for pointing out the obvious about obama. well, those three women did a GRAVE DISSERVICE to the american public. they GOT the senator with the MOST EVIL abortion voting record in the senate. THAT is what those evil women pushed on through. they will meet their Maker and answer to Him.

Posted by Terry | Report as abusive

Earth to Terry…is abortion all that mattered to you? Freedom of choice will always prevail over conformation. You sound like the world could go to hell in a handbasket as long as nobody has an abortion, but then you are probably a man, and you will never EVER have to make that important decision of whether to have an abortion or not.
There are plenty more problems on this earth to deal with, why dont you leave personal decisions to the people who are dealing with them.
PS What was Sarah Palins stand on people with disabilities prior to the birth of a child with downs syndrom. I would like to hear that, bet it wasnt even close to top priority.

Posted by Deborah | Report as abusive

The difference a day makes: today, in the light of the coming Obama Administration, I feel nothing but pity for previous writer Terry (along with a reminder that our eductional system needs improvement!). For the last big chunk of my life, I would have heard in that posting a voice supported by power, along with its implicit threats to me personally and to droves of women (and other people) across the country.

Posted by eliz | Report as abusive

My, so much anger and bitterness! Fey is nothing if not a master comedian, writer, and entertainer extraordinaire – all three of which were brilliantly demonstrated in her satirical depictions of the former candidate for vice president. This is what satirists do, and for her part, she excelled. Her ascendency in SNL and now to her own production, 30 Rock, reflect her intelligence, her business savvy, and her ability to both collaborate with and perhaps, out-compete, many of her male counterparts in the entertainment business. To suggest that she, or other strong women in the entertainment/media world (Katie Couric, included)have done some kind of disservice to America by doing the very jobs for which they have fought is to deny everything positive that they have achieved for themselves and all women who look to their examples and are inspired that they too can be successful pioneers in these and other traditionally male-dominated fields. Furthermore, the characterization of Barack Obama’s voting record as evil is simply laughable – you cannot hope to engage others with such irrational rhetoric if you hope to win them to your cause. Anything less quickly descends from constructive commentary or the free exchange of ideas into the murky realm of personal attack. Surely we can meet on a higher plane than that, even if it is to simply agree to disagree.

Posted by Rachel | Report as abusive

Hey Tina!
What is your day job? maybe you should be the governer in Alaska, we think you would do a better job!!

Posted by Rotna | Report as abusive

tina u r soooooooooooooo awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by bobo | Report as abusive

I am writing a paper for school about how SNL effected the candidates? Do you believe the Fey’s Sarah Palin flushed the McCain campaign down the toliet? Or what about McCain’s appearance three days before the election?? SNL will be the new way to get in or out of the campaign race

Posted by Jamie Eastman | Report as abusive

not a fan is so f’ing stupid, “motherhood tempers them both”, hell it hasn’t for Palin so why should it for Fey. Especially miss. fly 9 hours while in labor Palin!. SNL has always been meanspirited, you just didn’t like the fact that they messed with your girl Palin. Oh well, you’ll get over it honey.


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