Fey asks to pull ‘30 Rock’ episodes
At the request of cocreator Tina Fey, four episodes of the comedy “30 Rock” are being removed from circulation because they featured characters performing in blackface.
The series aired on NBC from 2006 to 2013, but episodes are still being shown in television syndication and on streaming services including Hulu, Amazon Prime, iTunes and Peacock.
Fey, who also starred as Liz Lemon in the series about the backstage world of a television show, said in a note to distributors that “I understand now that ‘intent’ is not a free pass for white people to use these images.”
“I apologize for the pain they have caused,” Fey wrote. “Going forward, no comedy-loving kid really needs to stumble on these tropes and be stung by their ugliness.”
The eliminated “30 Rock” episodes include the East Coast version of an episode first shown live. Series regular Jane Krakowski and guest star Jon Hamm appeared in blackface.
Jimmy Kimmel apologizes for blackface: Jimmy Kimmel apologized Tuesday for his 1990s blackface impressions of NBA player Karl Malone and other Black celebrities.
“I apologize to those who were genuinely hurt or offended by the makeup I wore or the words I spoke,” the ABC late-night star said in a statement.
Kimmel’s impersonation of Malone, which he started on radio and then brought to television on Comedy Central, was frequently criticized by
Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity, among others.
Kimmel said he had long been reluctant to address the subject, “as I knew doing so would be celebrated as a victory by those who equate apologies with weakness and cheer for leaders who use prejudice to divide us.”
Some New York news shows back in studio: The morning team on “Fox & Friends” returned Monday to the midtown Manhattan studio vacated in March because of the pandemic. There was a similar welcome for twothirds of the “CBS This Morning” hosts. “I can’t even tell you how good I feel today,” said CBS’ Gayle King, who made little secret of her distaste for working at home.
ABC’s “Good Morning America” has been back in its Times Square studio, but without a live audience and without the immunecompromised Robin Roberts, who works out of her home. Hoda Kotb of NBC’s “Today” show has worked out of that show’s Rockefeller Center studio, but most of her colleagues are at home.
“Do the Right Thing” is free to rent on several platforms through Sunday and an online discussion will be held with director Spike Lee on his 1989 film.
The American Film Institute will host the discussion with Lee on Thursday at 8 p.m. Eastern on its YouTube channel. AFI President Bob Gazzale said in a statement that the film “is a timeless and timely classic” and that
Lee “has forever proven himself the voice for change that we need now more than ever.”
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Tina Fey has requested that “30 Rock” episodes featuring characters in blackface be removed from circulation. AFI hosts Spike Lee talk: