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Tina Fey leaving Saturday Night Live -- BREAKING NEWS!

by Anna Johns, posted Jul 22nd 2006 12:04AM
Tina feyTina Fey made the big announcement on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno tonight. She said that she will no longer be the head writer of SNL and will leave Weekend Update in order to focus completely on her new comedy series, 30 Rock. Fey has been the head writer of SNL for six years and has been a writer for the show since 1997.

What say you... is this good news or doom for Saturday Night Live?

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Given that Ms Fey is talent-free, I would say it's a good thing for SNL. It's bad news when viewers long for the days of Jean Doumanian. But Tina Fey or no Tina Fey, put this show out of its misery.

July 24 2006 at 8:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Santiago Leon

This past season was not all that bad. The Lonely Island Crew has shook up the show. Now that Tina is gone, we don't have to hear to much anti-Bush remarks.

July 23 2006 at 9:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Diego M

I think this is great, i can't believe she stayed that long, i am only 21 and i taped SNL and now i Tivo it. saw the reruns on comedy central and they made me laugh out loud and i for a while they newer episodes were good. however, these last 4 seasons were just chuckle worthy at best, except for the presidential race coverage. i would pick the comedy central one-two punch at 11 pm anytime though. SNL is a long way from the glory days...

and i agree amy poehler is horrible in weekend update

July 22 2006 at 10:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Jimmy, I couldn't agree with you more. Look at how much topical humor The Daily Show and Colbert Report turn into TV gold on a regular basis. Now look at SNL recently and Fey seems like she's been putting out entertainment for the teen scene. SNL really has been missing the mark, and Weekend Update is just sad compared with Comedy Central's heavyweights.

July 22 2006 at 8:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


July 22 2006 at 4:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

SNL needs a shakeup -- BAD! I've never been a great fan of SNL under Tina Fey's stewardship (hell, I barely watch it anymore). The political bite that was a hallmark of the show in the 70s and 80s was replaced by glorified fart jokes and skits not worthy of a high school talent show. Even the once great "Weekend Update" became little more than inside jokes between Tina and Jimmy Fallon; even worse when Amy Poehler was added. Every once in awhile it's good for SNL to completely wipe the slate clean and bring in fresh blood. For years now, cast members like Horatio Sanz, Darrell Hammond (funny but wasted on the show), Rachel Dratch, and Chris Parnell have stayed long past their time. They need new blood, new blood willing to take a chance with their comedy.

July 22 2006 at 3:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I agree with those who say it's good, but not good enough. The cast is an absolute mess with the vast majority of them needing to leave. The Tina Fey era has been the worst in the show's history, but I think she's not completely responsible. The writing wasn't very good, but the acting is horrible. Amy Poehler is terrible. Fred Armisen is terrible. Kenan Thompson was terrible. Jimmy Fallon was terrible. Need an all-new cast.

July 22 2006 at 3:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Good for 30 Rock; it deserves Tina's full attention. It's a good show that has the potential to be really good if given the chance.

Also, good for SNL; Tina gave the show a creative shot in the arm a few years ago, but under her watch, the show's gotten a) stale and b) weirdly non-political. It's also done too many skits that make fun of gossip and MTV-style shows, issues that not too much of it's core audience cares about (unless that core audience is 12-24, which it may be at this point). Not sure how much more of a shakeup there will be, but it's always good to restructure every so often.

July 22 2006 at 12:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Would love to see more of a change at SNL and some new characters developed. I hope this doesn't mean the women will be pushed back to a lower status at SNL now that the head writer isn't Tina Fey.

July 22 2006 at 10:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This show needs to be shaken up badly. Recently a lot of the sketches seemed as if they were written for a Nickelodeon audience. Has the SNL core audience starting shifting younger recently or am I just getting older?

July 22 2006 at 6:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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