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Friday, April 8, 2011

Tina Fey's Sarah Palin impersonation backfired

Tina Fey says her Emmy-winning impersonation of Sarah Palin may have hurt ratings for her show “30 Rock.”

The comedian and actress writes in her new book “Bossypants” that the impression did not bring positive attention to the show, which also stars Alec Baldwin and Tracy Morgan, but instead may have polarized audiences.

“Some may argue that exploiting Governor Palin and her family helped bring attention to my low-rated TV show,” an excerpt of the book posted on USA Today reads. “I am proud to say you are wrong.

“My TV show still enjoys very low ratings. In fact, I think the Palin stuff may have hurt the TV show. Let’s face it, between Alec Baldwin and me there is a certain fifty percent of the population who think we are pinko Commie monsters.” (More here)


Anonymous said...

While her impersonation may not have helped her show's ratings, it certainly made Fey as household name - and she won all kinds of awards and pats on the head from the mens club and her industry.
She has no regrets - because she got what SHE wants, even if she did permanent damage to the effort to encourage more women to run for office. Fey cannibalized her own gender for self-promotion. Very sad.

Anonymous said...

Sarah Palin's rifle to kill animals should backfire too!

Anonymous said...

Baloney. In the first skit, Hillary Clinton was also satirized by an SNL star. Joe Biden was also satirized in the SNL vice presidential debate. Laughs these days are hard to come by and am grateful for the whole SNL crew for providing them. Besides - Palin is so straight laced and uptight, she's the perfect "straight man".