What do you think makes you so driven? 

I’m not sure I know, but having been an obedient and nerdy kid, I’m very driven to receive praise. If I were a smarter person, I’d be driven to receive money. I’m a dope—all I want is, “That was real good. Looks like you guys worked real hard on that.” It’s always parent-teacher conference day in my mind.

Tina Fey for 2014 Elle’s Women in Hollywood

Tina Fey talk about her daughter, Penelope Richmond playing with Amy Poehler’s son, Abel Arnett during the shooting of The Nest.

Actress Tina Fey arrives at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures’ “This Is Where I Leave You” at TCL Chinese Theatre on September 15, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

Excerpt from the updated version of "Live From New York"

JIMMY FALLON: I had originally wanted to leave after five years, because Belushi only did five years, and in my head I wanted to be John Belushi. But then I got “Update” and stayed. I never want to stay longer than I have to; as a fan of the show, I like when people leave because that’s what makes Saturday Night Live work. If you had the same cast that you had from the ’70s, this show wouldn’t be around. The whole fun of Saturday Night Live is people stay and then they leave and then you miss them and then they come back and visit. A part of me hated to leave, but I just had to do it.
TINA FEY: I remember feeling like, “Why are you leaving me? Don’t leave me!” Like a spouse.
JIMMY FALLON: Obviously it was a TV love affair with Tina; I love her so much. She was my partner; she was the best thing that ever happened to my comedy career, to my brain. Doing “Update” with her was my favorite thing in the world. To say good-bye to that was so weirdly sad. I know it’s a job, but it’s like going to camp and she was my bunkmate. We were really close pals. I talked to her about everything, about all the people I went out with at the time. And I was always asking for her advice. But I knew her career exploded once “Weekend Update” started, so I knew she’d be fine.

"There was a game called Karaoke Idol, a video game really a long time ago. And you could pick your person and your person would like walk around the fake American Idol stage. […] Fred saw this game like one time and immediately figured out what he was gonna do with it.” [x]

Tina Fey and Ellie Kemper attend the NBC Upfronts event in NYC (5.12.14)

Ellie Kemper & Tina Fey on “Tooken” set.



Started from the bottom, now the whole team fucking here.

It turns out that Clooney, 52, obtained stationery in Damon’s name and sent a letter to Fey as his costar calling them out for the jokes they also made about Damon during the hosting gig. The women, who have long-running rapport with Damon, infamously dubbed him a “garbage” man among the A-listers in attendance. (Incidentally, Clooney did not attend this year’s award show.)

"I send her a letter going, ‘Dear Tina, Listen…" Clooney said, laughing. "It’s ‘from’ Matt and it says, ‘Look, it sounds hypocritical because I laughed about jokes about George and Leo, but that’s sort of what people think about them…. But when you call me a garbage man it just seems like low-hanging fruit. It seems like an easy joke. I don’t want an apology or anything else. I just want you to know that my kid now calls me ‘the garbage man.’"

Following the letter, Damon received an enormous delivery of two fruit baskets last week, with each one bearing a letter signed from Fey and Poehler.

Damon, 43, ever the innocent bystander, recalled the first letter — marked “1” — as a long apology letter, saying the women said, “I thought you of all people could take a joke and listen we’re both really sorry.”

However, the “30 Rock” and “Parks & Recreation” stars, who will be hosting the Golden Globes again next year, were already a step ahead of the guys.

According to Damon, the second letter said, “If by chance you didn’t send us that letter and it was from George Clooney, please let him know that you’ve got to get up a little earlier in the day to fool a couple of girls like this. We’re grown-ass comedians.”

With that, they told Clooney to step up his game, and he happily obliged.


Tina Fey and Amy Poehler react to George Clooney’s prank letter


Their last moments on WU/SNL, marking the end of an era.


Tina Fey on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee with Jerry Seinfeld. (x)