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Tina Fey Tangles with Letterman on His Show

David Letterman was one of the reigning kings of late-night TV for several years, clocking over 6,000 hours during his varied hosting gigs. However, 51 percent of the population was not represented on his writing staff. And, during a recent appearance on his Netflix show, comedienne and trailblazer Tina Fey was not afraid to call him to task. When Letterman said that he didn’t know why there weren’t female writers on his staff and stated that there was no policy against writers who were women, Fey wasn’t reticent to speak out about the injustice.

 

Letterman referred to his program as a “dog and pony” show, insinuating that women wouldn’t want to write on it, but Fey interjected that they most certainly would have. In the end, Letterman admitted to his ignorance and said that he hoped this would change in the future. In the wake of Fey’s appearance on the show, however, many people in the comedy community have spoken out about Letterman’s handling of the matter. It seems likely that Letterman’s own conduct may have been part of the problem. During an infamous episode of his late-night show, he had indeed copped to having affairs with women on his staff. But in the age of Netflix, he seems to have reinvented himself, pulling in many of the people who were reluctant to support him in the wake of the bombshell revelations on his show.

Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey Reunite

Although both of their careers have hit the stratosphere, many forget that Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon both got their starts on Saturday Night Live. And as Fey’s hit movie “Mean Girls” now undergoes a Broadway transformation so that even more people can enjoy it, Fallon had Fey on his show to meet with “Mean Girls” fans and to discuss the phenomenon that is the film.

While one female writing team discussed their admiration for Fey, she hid nearby, waiting to surprise them. She seemed genuinely touched by their fangirl moment, in which they praised her for teaching them to write jokes through her work on “30 Rock.” Eventually, when Fey jumped out of her hiding spot, the women couldn’t even hide their delight. Citing the fact that Fey claims to influenced by comediennes such as Carol Burnett, they said that they had been inspired as Fey just as much as she admired Burnett.

At one point, Fey fell on the ground and then Fallon joined her, with “Mean Girls” fan Megan then jumping into the fray. At one point during the iconic celebration of all things Fey, Fallon became emotional, telling Fey that he would want his daughters to grow up to be just like her. For fans of both these superstars, it was truly a show that will be remembered forever.