'Bossypants' Fey: I Didn't Exploit Palin

SNL impersonation may have hurt 30 Rock ratings, Fey writes
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2011 5:52 AM CDT
'Bossypants' Tina Fey: I Didn't Exploit Sarah Palin
Tina Fey, left, plays Governor Sarah Palin, and Amy Poehler plays Senator Hillary Clinton on "Saturday Night Live" Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008 in New York.   (AP Photo/Dana Edelson, NBCU Photo Bank, file)

Tina Fey's new memoir Bossypants deals with stardom, sexism, and, to nobody's surprise, Sarah Palin. ABC breaks out a few nuggets from the new release:

  • "Some may argue that exploiting Governor Palin and her family helped bring attention to my low-rated TV show," Fey writes of 30 Rock. "I am proud to say you are wrong," she writes. "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 50% of the population who think we are pinko Commie monsters."

  • Fey says Palin offered to have Bristol babysit her young daughter while she appeared on Saturday Night Live: "I thanked her, saying Alice was too little to stay for the show," Fey writes. "I can't imagine Bristol would have been too psyched to do that anyway; it was her 18th birthday, she was in New York City, and I had made a vicious joke about her a week earlier. But I appreciated the mom-ness of Mrs. Palin's offer."

Click for more, including Fey's take on the definition of crazy in Hollywood, or a roundup of critics' reactions to Bossypants. (Read more Tina Fey stories.)

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