Tina Fey Shares Her “Hard Motherly Hit”

During a Wednesday appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers, SNL alum Tina Fey opened up about family life with husband Jeff Richmond and their two daughters — Alice, 12, and Penelope, 6.

As it turns out, Fey’s elder daughter prefers her BBF Amy Poehler‘s show Parks and Recreation to mama’s very own Emmy-award winning series 30 Rock.

“They used to be my only source of stories for programs like this, but now I can’t do anything anymore, because they catch me,” Fey, 47, said of her daughters. “Alice came home one day and was like, ‘Hey, a friend of mine’s sister showed me a long YouTube video of you telling stories about me on different talk shows.’ I was like, ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about! #fakenews.’”

Fey said Alice has been “getting a really great comedy education” by studying the classics.

“Over one summer, she binge-watched all of The Andy Griffith Show twice, all of The Dick Van Dyke Show. These are fundamental,” she said, admitting that it’s not typical for pre-teens to watch “gentle black and white comedies.”

She added: “She watched all of the American Office this summer. Some of these seasons were like 26 episodes—she watched it in like a week! She came to me and said, ‘What should I watch now?’ I said, ‘Well, you’re 12 now. A lot of people like 30 Rock.’ So, she watched a couple, and she came back out to me and was like, ‘Um, it’s too weird for me.’ I was like, ‘Oh, does it make you feel weird because mommy had to pretend to be in love with somebody who wasn’t daddy?’ She was like, ‘No. It was just too weird for me,’ I was like, ‘Oh! I thought you meant tonally. ‘It’s a little too bent!’”

She joked, “That was a hard motherly hit to take.

“She was like, ‘What should I watch?’ I was like, ‘Well, you know, what about Parks and Recreation? You might really like that.’ She goes, ‘Oh, I watched all of it already.’ It was so hard for me not to be like, ‘GET IN YOUR ROOM AND WATCH 30 ROCK!’ I wanted to spank her,” Fey joked. “I felt like that woman in Big Little Lies when she found out that Zoë Kravitz gave her kid birth control. I was like, ‘You come to ME for that! You don’t go to aunt Amy and Mike Schur!’”

As it turns out, neither of Fey’s daughters has shown any interest in her work, except for Mean Girls, which is being adapted into a Broadway musical.

“They’ve been coming to rehearsals every now and then, and that’s exciting,” she said, admitting it might be the one project she’s done in her career “that they’re truly excited about.”

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