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Tina Fey: Colin Quinn Called Me the C Word When I Was Head Writer on SNL

Not cool. Tina Fey has been given a lot of praise throughout her career, but she also endured the ultimate misogynistic insult when she was head writer on Saturday Night Live. In a new interview on SiriusXM’s The Howard Stern Show on Monday, December 14, Fey revealed that one of her SNL costars once called her a “c–t.”

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“We’ve since made up!” Fey, 45, insisted to Stern, 61, not wanting to give the person’s name. “This was [when I was a head writer]. I love him so much.”

Tina Fey and Colin Quinn in 2001.
Tina Fey and Colin Quinn in 2001.

Finally, the Sisters star — who was SNLs head writer for about six years — admitted that it was Colin Quinn, a former Weekend Update anchor (though not at the same time as Fey), who had called her the derogatory name.

“I was trying to help him with a show that he was working on,” she explained. “I think his anxiety about the writing of the show spilled over. Because it was very random. I was like ‘What?’ He left me a message and he said that . . . I couldn’t even guess why. Usually if someone calls you that, you’re like, ‘I know what I did.’”

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And though the shock jock quipped that fans wouldn’t be seeing Quinn, 56, in Fey’s new film, she insisted that there were no hard feelings, praising his work in Trainwreck.

Colin Quinn, Tina Fey, and Jimmy Fallon on Saturday Night Live in 2001
Colin Quinn, Tina Fey, and Jimmy Fallon on Saturday Night Live in 2001.

“I asked Colin to be on 30 Rock like three times after [he called me that], and he turned me down every time. I saw him on Girls after that, and I’m like, ‘He’s dead to me!’” she joked. “We’ve since reconnected at the SNL 40th actually, and we’re good.”

Quinn later confirmed Fey’s comments on Twitter, writing, “Statement: It’s all true. I have used profanity when I’ve been angry at people. When I was wrong ( as with Tina) I’ve said sorry to them.”

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