Tina Fey: Sarah Palin told me that Bristol, 17, would babysit my daughter

Tina Fey appeared on Conan O’Brien’s show on Tuesday night. The 38 year-old comedian talked about her experience meeting Governor Sarah Palin during Palin’s much lauded appearance on” Saturday Night Live.” Fey has moved on from SNL to her own show, “Third Rock,” but has returned in several segments with a spot-on parody of the Republican Vice Presidential Candidate. Fey’s turn as Palin has significantly boosted her profile, but it doesn’t sound as if she’ll be back on the show after the election is over – no matter the outcome. She compared returning to SNL to moving back in with her parents.

The comedian told a story about having her daughter Alice, 3, on the set of SNL when Palin was on. Little Alice got confused when she saw Palin on the monitor and thought it was her mom, saying “I see you up there.” Fey said she tried to train Alice to tell her about from Palin by showing her photos of the VP candidate in the paper, but she couldn’t tell her apart from mommy.

As for meeting Palin, Fey said she was very nice and helpful and even offered her 17 year-old pregnant daughter, Bristol, to babysit for her:

“Gov. Palin was like, ‘Oh did Alice go home? Oh, cause Bristol woulda babysat.’ She offered Bristol Palin to babysit Alice… And it was Bristol’s birthday, too. I was like yeah, that’s exactly what 17-year-old Bristol Palin wants to do at SNL is babysit the toddler of the lady that goofs on her mom… but they’re a nice family”

[From Huffington Post]

Bristol didn’t get to babysit Alice because Fey had a friend come over and pick her daughter up while she was working that night. It’s nice to hear about a celebrity who faces the same childcare problems as the rest of us. It was kind and seemed appropriate for Palin to offer her daughter as a babysitter. As long as Bristol wouldn’t mind, it’s was a friendly thing to do. The story fits in with the down home kind of image the Alaskan governor has only been partially successful in cultivating.

Fey also told a pretty funny story about the worst thing she’s let her daughter watch on television, which was Psycho. She said she usually tries to limit her daughter’s television but that once it was a rainy day and the show was on and she thought she could just turn it off for the shower scene. Her daughter accidentally saw the scene where the body got disposed in a lake in the back of a car and asked “Mommy, where’s the lady?” Fey kept trying to tell her that the lady went home, or went shopping, and her daughter eventually figured it out and said “I think the lady is in the car. In the water.”

Fey also talked about Aniston and Oprah’s upcoming appearances on 30 Rock. She jokes that the Jennifer Aniston episode looks like someone trying to insert themselves into an episode of Friends and that the Oprah episode features an a hug scene in which she gets to hug the talkshow queen. Fey described hugging Oprah as “like a trip to the spa for a week” and said Oprah smelled nice. She said she felt like a better person after embracing her.

Tina Fey is shown outside SNL on 10/18/08. Credit: Fame

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14 Responses to “Tina Fey: Sarah Palin told me that Bristol, 17, would babysit my daughter”

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  1. daisy424 says:

    Love Tina in any show she is on.

    But, on Oprah..”She said she felt like a better person after embracing her.” Dunno about that one :roll:

  2. Kaiser says:

    Everyone always comments on how nice Oprah smells. She must have some killer lotion/perfume combos.

    Tina Fey is one of my top three girlcrushes. *contented sigh*

  3. Feebee says:

    I agree that the offer of Bristol babysitting reveals the more human side of Mrs Palin… also that she does indeed have a sense of humour.

  4. sandy says:

    It definately shows Palin in mom-mode caring about tina’s toddler.
    Alice won’t remember watching psycho but it’s amazing how little kids can pick up on adult situations.

  5. anastasiabeaverhausen says:

    Because Bristol doesn’t have enough to deal with without being farmed out as an impromptu babysitter, right? Pregnant already. Probably babysits mom’s baby quite a bit. Looking at a shotgun wedding in the near future. Not done with high school. Etc.

  6. wow says:

    I dunno, I don’t think I could have gone on a show where they “joked” about family incest.

  7. jennifer says:

    Ugh I cannot even count the number of times my mom just upped & offered my babysitting services, regardless of plans I might have made :roll: :lol:

    I doubt Tina Fey actually MEANT that she feels like a better person after hugging Oprah. Tina Fey’s kinda known for her sarcasm (I know, I know, “duh” LOL), & has made similar comments about Oprah in the past (something about certain books being “OK” to read because of Oprah’s endorsement, etc.) I don’t think she mocks Oprah in a cruel way, but she has had a few lighthearted goes at Oprah’s “you go girl” persona. :wink:

  8. mike says:

    I pay you respect – you didn’t bash Palin in this article. I would have bet money against it.

  9. Ron says:

    Thirty Rock — not Third Rock ;-)

  10. mae says:

    @Mike: Amen

    both of them come off very well in this, from the statements fey made previously I was sure she would have something negative to say. But she always surprises me, which may be why I like her so much.

  11. Anonymous says:

    to “wow”… a) seems like you have never seen the show and b), you have absolutely no sense of humor.

  12. brista says:

    I *love* Tina Fey. She’s probably my #1 girlcrush. I totally want to be her when I grow up.

    And the story about Pyscho and her daughter is hilarious.

  13. Trashaddict says:

    “Bristol woulda babysat” – OMG is that a direct quote? Maybe I’ll be perceived as being too uptight about the English language but this woman needs a dialogue coach! Also, just who I’d want babysitting my child: 17 year old unmarried pregnant kid. I’m guessing TIna picks her childcare more cautiously than that.