Tina Fey is giving up her jobs as head writer and on-air regular on Saturday Night Live after a nine-year run to focus on her new NBC sitcom, 30 Rock, about a fictional comedy show.
Saturday Night Live head writer and actor Tina Fey is officially stepping down from NBC’s late-night sketch show to focus solely on her new sitcom, 30 Rock, for which she writes, executive produces and stars.
Still, she says she’ll always be a part of the show on which she worked for nine years, including six as head writer. “I know I’ll never ever not be there in some way,ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Fey told TV critics and reporters at the semi-annual press tour in Pasadena, Calif., on Saturday.
“I’m never not going to call up with an opinion or show up on hiatus wanting to write a sketch. But I will not be in the cast next year. I won’t be a paid employee of Saturday Night Live next year.ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
Lorne Michaels, who executive produces both SNL and 30 Rock said he’s sorry to see Fey go, but he knows it was time for her do try something else. “Anything that makes for another good show on television, I think is a good thing.ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
Fey’s departure means Michaels need to choose a new team to serve as weekend anchor on SNL’s long-standing news parody. “We’re going to do a bunch of tests, as we’ve done pretty much every time we’ve had to make a transition. We try different combinations as well as different people alone.
We’ll do that in September and decide then what we think the best approach is,ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Michaels said.
Asked whether he was concerned about competition from Aaron Sorkin’s Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, which also takes place backstage at a sketch comedy show, Michaels said: “[T]hey are the hour show, and they have a ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¹Ã…â€œ60′ in it, and we’re the half-hour show,and we have ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¹Ã…â€œ30′ in it. So I think people will be able to clearly distinguish which is which.ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
30 Rock premieres on NBC on Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 8:30 p.m.