Mess with Amy Poehler and you’ll get horns.
A tense backstage moment between “Saturday Night Live” co-stars Poehler and Jimmy Fallon two decades ago went viral last week in the wake of Fallon being accused of allegedly creating a toxic workplace on “The Tonight Show.”
Excerpted from Tina Fey’s 2011 memoir “Bossypants.” Shared via tweeBy New Yorker archives editor Erin Overby, who wrote in a social media post that Fey made Fallon “dead to rights.”
The exchange was referred to in Fey’s book as “one in a series of love letters” to Poehler and occurred early in Poehler’s first season. (She first appeared in the first SNL episode after the September 11 attacks.) In the writer’s room before Wednesday’s reading, Poehler engaged in what Fey called some “nonsense” with Seth Meyers and “did something corny as a corny character.” The “joke” was “dirty, loud and impolite.” “
Fallon, who Fey stated was “the star of the show at the time,” took offense and said in a “squeamish” voice, “Stop that! He’s not nice! I don’t like him.” Buehler paused, “his eyes went black for a moment,” and replied, “I don’t care (expletive) if you like it.” Fallon was “amazed” while Poehler went back to “enjoying her silly part.”
“Jamie and Amy are very good friends and there was no real flesh between them at all,” Fey also explained in a sidenote that wasn’t included in the viral tweet.
in Rolling Stone investigation Published last Thursday, two current and 14 former employees of the NBC talk show say their experiences working on the show included poor mental health, intimidation from higher-ups, including 48-year-old Fallon, and abuse due to the host’s erratic behavior. . behavior.
Fallon, whose late-night show was halted amid strikes by actors and writers in Hollywood, addressed the outlet’s reporting in a virtual meeting after the Rolling Stone story was published.
A “Tonight Show” staffer, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the situation, told USA TODAY that during the call, Fallon said, “I want this show to be fun. It should be inclusive, it should be funny,” To have the best show and the best people. I just wanted to say, I miss you guys.”
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