Fey asks to pull ‘30 Rock’ episodes


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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.”

June 24 birth­days: Ac­tress Michele Lee is 78. Di­rec­tor Ge­org Stan­ford Brown is 77. Singer Colin Blun­stone is 75. Drum­mer Mick Fleet­wood is 73. Ac­tor Iain Glen is 59. Ac­tress Danielle Spencer is

55. Ac­tress Mindy Kal­ing is

41. Ac­tress Vanessa Ray is

39. Ac­tor Max Ehrich is 29. Ac­tress Beanie Feld­stein is



Tina Fey has re­quested that “30 Rock” episodes fea­tur­ing char­ac­ters in black­face be re­moved from cir­cu­la­tion. AFI hosts Spike Lee talk:

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