Tina Fey Hoping For a ‘Bit of a Breather’ After Baby

05/23/2011 at 11:00 AM ET
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Tina Fey‘s baby-on-the-way has already delayed Season 6 of 30 Rock — NBC announced that they’ll hold the series until January — but that doesn’t mean the expectant mom will have much time to herself once baby no. 2 arrives.

“I’m hoping to have a little bit of a breather before the season starts,” Fey, 41, told PEOPLE at the NBC Upfront presentations last week in N.Y.C.

“I hope I’ll get some time off to you know, care for/feed the baby.”

And though the comedienne will have to crank out 22 episodes of the show in half the time, she’s not worried.

“Every year there’s something,” notes Fey. “The writer’s strike … last year Tracy Morgan needed a kidney … we never had a year when we didn’t have something overriding our schedule.”

As for bringing another baby into the house, Fey says there’s one person who’s waiting with bated breath: her daughter Alice, 5½, with husband Jeff Richmond.

“She’s super excited,” Fey says. “She’s looking forward to having someone to boss around.”

– Charlotte Triggs

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Karen on

Hope she’ll get some time with the baby before she “cranks out 22 new episodes”. I know actors work very long hours. Makes me sad.

Tara 70 on

“I hope I’ll get some time off to you know, care for/feed the baby.”

How novel of her for that to be a priority. Pathetic Tina. You are so self absorbed.

stephanie on

yet no one actually makes her do everything she signs up for. if you don’t feel you have time to have a family and career or a specific career, change something. she can afford to take as much time as she needs. i don’t really sympathize with her.

Maggie on

“I hope I’ll get some time off to you know, care for/feed the baby.”

^^^ Obviously a joke, for those that don’t understand sarcasm.

Karen on

Yeah, total sarcastic comment. I agree though, no one is making her work.

Caroline on

How sad that she’s automatically coming under attack for the things she’s sharing! I sure hope she doesn’t care one whit whether any of you negative people approve or disapprove, care or don’t care…she’s simply sharing, it’s not up for approval…BE KIND!!!!
ROCK ON TINA!!!!!

Nicole on

Wow, what’s with the nasty comments? @Stephanie – I’m sure she probably has contractual obligations to meet and that hinders her ability to just take off whenever she feels like it.
And @Tara – WTH? If you know anything about Tina Fey, you would know her comment was pure sarcasm.
Lighten up people. Geez.

Sara on

“I hope I’ll get some time off to you know, care for/feed the baby.” This could not have been a clearer joke. Tina Fey’s babies are sure to be well cared for.

Additionally, the belief that only one woman, the biological mother, should be the only caretaker for a child is not a universally held belief, though it may seem that way to you because that is your deeply ingrained belief.

Helenback on

The most singularly terrifying thing going on right now in this country is the complete lack of a collective sense of humor. It’s a joke! I worry for you humorless people. How do you get through life?!

Krileigh on

Get a life, folks.
She’s JOKING.

Tara 70 on

Actually she continues to play the martyr about being a (sniff) working mom and how she is perceived as being a witch for doing so. She obviously has issues and uses humor to deflect from the valid critiques. She made a choice and should own it either way.

stephanie on

i get she was trying to be funny when she said she hopes to have time to feed/care for the baby. i just never liked her sense of humor and thought she was arrogant. and just because she said that jokingly, doesn’t mean she doesn’t hope for time off. i wasn’t being nasty, just being honest with my opinion, which we’re all allowed.

Jeanne on

It was a joke folks. Unbunch your panties.

In Tina’s book, there’s a bit at the end where she talks about agonizing over whether or not to have another child (to the point where she broke down and cried during an OB/GYN visit and her doctor had to calm her down.) Part of the trouble she was having was knowing that 200 some odd people, who also have families to support, would be out of work while she’s out on maternity leave. She’s the boss over at 30 Rock and she takes her responsibilities very seriously.

Jenny on

Can you people not understand a joke? Lighten up.

cs on

“How novel of her for that to be a priority. Pathetic Tina. You are so self absorbed.”

Read her book “Bossypants” and you’ll find she is not self-absorbed at all, and her family is very much a priority. She wants to work AND be a mother – why must those two be mutually exclusive?

showbizmom on

@stephanie and the others that think she doesn’t have to work. No, she doesn’t but neither do you or anyone for that matter. If she pulls the plug on this show or any feature film she writing/producing/acting in, those crew members don’t get paid. I started out as a PA on TV and Films and let me tell you it’s not easy and it’s not the best paying gig one can get either.

She employees a lot of people who depend on her. She also has agents. managers, publicists, and lawyers to pay. Just because a ‘star’ might get paid 1 million an episode doesn’t mean they pocket all that money, some goes to her staff. I was at the upfronts and it was far from self serving nor was she looking for sympathy from anyone, she was asked a question and answered it.

Everyone has such warped view of Hollywood,and the people that live and work in it. It’s not what it seems, yes some are arrogant narcissistic pricks/bitches but not the majority.

zmom on

Seriously, people…sarcasm is a language that apparently MANY of you are NOT fluent in. Go find another article to read. She’s one of the real women out there in the entertainment industry who works hard, and is actually talented. She not only can act, but write AND produce…the trifecta. She’s sarcastic, self-deprecating (go look it up in the dictionary), but most of all REAL.

Something tells me that many of the negative comments are from those that were looking for another article on Real Housewives or something.

Ellie on

Wow Tara and Stephanie you two are a trip; a very bad trip. Hey if you don’t appreciate Tina’s sense of humor how about you don’t read an article about her. That would make all of us feel better. I loved Tina’s book and don’t see how anyone could be more down to earth. She is talented and funny and I’m certain a great mom and wife.

Tara 70 on

One can have their own opinion on a “celebrity” without it being derived from bitterness or jealousy. There are many high profile moms out there who I think are commendable, Hilary Clinton, Jennifer Garner and Angelina Jolie to name a few. But Ms Fey continually tries to assuage what I can only attribute to as her guilt, by playing the put upon working mother.

@cs She wants to work AND be a mother – why must those two be mutually exclusive?
They are mutually exclusive because YOU CANNOT do both with the same devotion and dedication that either action requires. Something or someone suffers. If you choose to work that is a choice but do not tell me that each is balanced equally. Tina writes about this with sardonic humor because she knows full well the reality of the inability to have it all. Personally I do not care if one works and is a mother, economic situations are unavoidable and that’s a right but stop playing the put upon one.

Jenna on

I am so shocked at how ugly some comments were. Tina was delivering a joke! Lighten up. I guess you can’t please everyone.

cs on

@Tara 70 “They are mutually exclusive because YOU CANNOT do both with the same devotion and dedication that either action requires.”

So anyone who is a working parent is either more devoted/dedicated to their job or their children? So you are either a good parent or a good worker? Does this standard apply to fathers also, or just mothers?

Denise on

“I hope I’ll get some time off to you know, care for/feed the baby.”

This is obviously a joke and somehow a reference to her first maternity leave. Remember that she went back to SNL in 2005 three weeks after giving birth to Alice thus never really having “some time off to care for the baby”.

So just chillax. She’s joking. :)

Rebecca on

Um…you guys do realize she’s a comedy writer. Known for her dry sense of humor. Right? You’ve seen her on SNL, or caught an episode of 30 Rock? Sound familiar? Maybe???

Michelle on

Personally I love Tina Fey and her humor. The funniest thing she has every said (in my opinion) was before Alice was born about going back to work so quickly. “NBC has me under contract, the baby and I just have a verbal agreement.”

Being funny and sarcastic is her job. And she’s damn good at it.

Karey on

Hello people! You obviously don’t know Tina Fey and what she does for a living to not know she was joking. Sheesh! Give her a break!

Lauri on

All opinions are fine- but mine is that Tina Fey is a riot- and extremely talented- and I’m glad she exercises her creative muscle by continuing to work if she wants too. It’s good for Alice(and new Baby) to see Mom empowered, strong, and doing well. IMO- Happy Mom=Happy kids.

Nikki on

I think Tina Fey is hilarious.

Tara, I think you’re ridiculous. How many women in the world have to get back to work immediately after having a baby? In some parts of the world there are women who have their babies in rice patty fields and go back to work the next day. For all you know her husband will be taking time off. I know several women who take a few weeks off after having a baby and their husbands stay home. We live in an equal opportunity society.

Lisa on

@Tina 70: If you did not catch on that she was being totally sarcastic then I feel sorry for those who suffer your presence. A sense of humor and sarcasm go hand in hand. You should try one on some time. (see how that works?)

Tina Fey, you are a funny lady. I wish you well and a happy, healthy baby. (and before Tina 70 goes clutching her pearls again, I prefer the baby to be Healthy first and foremost.)

Lisa on

Oh my bad, it’s TARA 70. I have Tina on the brain. I love Tina.

Meg on

I’m clutching my pearls! Heaven forbid that a WOMAN should want to have a life outside her home! How dare you not chain yourself to that baby for the next 18 years, Tina Fey. (The preceding sentences were sarcastic, for those of you who don’t speak facetiousness.)

Lisa on

@Tara 70 once again: Wow, talk about the pot calling the kettle black. As a stay-at-home mom who also works a full time job from home, I think you are about as arrogant as they come. Seriously, it’s pearl clutchers like you who don’t understand that some of us do not have the luxury of being stay-at-home moms full time without bringing in income. My children do not suffer because I work, nor does my work suffer. I chose my profession because daycare is so sky high. I have just as much right as anyone to be a parent and there are sacrifices parents make for their children every single day in order to provide the best we are able for them. My parents did the same for us. You are one of those who fails to see the forest for the trees. Clue gene: Get one. Just because she is a mom does not mean she needs to be serious about it all the time. Many of life’s scenarios are assuaged by humor; you have to laugh to keep from crying, and goddess knows that most certainly applies to rearing children. Seriously, stop being such a twatford and get a sense of humor.

Tara 70 on

@cs yes I am saying you cannot fulfill both jobs as mother or career with equal aplomb. Is it a persons right to have both options? Certainly, but one cannot fool themselves into thinking either is treated fairly or balanced. Anytime a woman brings the father comparison is, they know their rational is lost. How many of us needed our dads during the first year of our life for anything other than a figurehead.

@Nikki are you for real? When did I say women cannot go back to work immediately? Rice fields? What planet do you live on? it’s great that husbands stay home. It’s not an argument about working mothers and their rights. I am saying that Ms fey needs to cease with this myopic view that being a working mother is a sacrifice that one makes for their own self fulfillment. She continues to portray herself as a victim REGARDLESS of whether or not she uses humor as a veil. Own your choices

karine on

I love Tina, she’s funny. It’s gonna be hard to wait january but 22 new episodes in 4 four months good luck girl !

Tara 70 on

@Lisa. First you obviously are an uneducated and illiterate. You have extremely poor sentence structure and ill placed usage of vocabulary. This being said, I too work from home- I am a 30 year old widow whose husband was killed in Afghanistan. I have two lovely sons and the closest I ever came to “pearls” is eating oysters at an all you can eat sea food restaurant.

Also being a cancer survivor at the age of 29 I desperately know the value of living your life through humor. I do not care if one chooses to work but stop trying to muddy the waters by being an apologist. Own your choices. I have never heard Tina honestly approach the subject without interjecting her humor to deflect her issues. Do not use the excuse she is a comedian. Plenty of entertainers step outside their characters to deliver a point.

Finally you must be a great example to your children, if the only way to defend your baseless retort is to resort to childish name calling.

Sandy on

yes take time off, lots of it!! that baby stage goes SO fast and you should enjoy every minute of it. that first year is so important!

Lynn on

Tara – she was being sarcastic, you idiot.

mmh on

I am a working mom, not by choice originally, but I have since owned that decision and think it is the best one for me. Moms who are ONLY moms EVER or ONLY employees EVER both hurt their kids. You have to let your kids see you have an identity and interests and goals — whether they are at work, in hobbies, in volunteering, in friendships, in being a wife, in being a daughter, etc. Moms who cling to their children are doing them few favors either… There is a great place of balance — promise!!!

cmdd on

at least tina fey’s kids will have a sense of humor. whether the miserable ladies on here work or not doesn’t matter. your kids are probably not having any fun.

kathi on

If you read her book, she agonizes over working, and the fact that her show employs many others! when the show is not in production, lots of people do not work. good for you, Tina!

Donna Kirby on

Everyone, get off Tina’s balls!

heather on

tara 70, you obviously know Tina personally, otherwise you have no business saying these things.

and one can do both, work and be a mother, and be great at both of them. maybe you can’t, but others can. you certainly have put yourself way too high on a pedestal.

AmandaC on

I guess I take offense that you can’t be a great mom & employee. When I’m at work I give 100% and when I’m at home I give 100%. I work full time plus but have never missed a recital, musical, talent show, field trip or class get together. I attend more things with my kids being a full time working mom then most of the stay at home moms in my kids classes. I guess that makes us moms that can do it all…SUPER MOMS!

Tara 70 on

@Lynn. Genius comeback!

Kaye on

“I am a working mom, not by choice originally, but I have since owned that decision and think it is the best one for me. Moms who are ONLY moms EVER or ONLY employees EVER both hurt their kids. You have to let your kids see you have an identity and interests and goals — whether they are at work, in hobbies, in volunteering, in friendships, in being a wife, in being a daughter, etc. Moms who cling to their children are doing them few favors either… There is a great place of balance — promise!!!”

mmh, very well said. Hard but true; I completely agree.

dsfg on

“First you obviously are an uneducated and illiterate. You have extremely poor sentence structure and ill placed usage of vocabulary.”

Sorry Tara, but I am a professional editor, and I can tell you right now that the above quote contains several grammatical errors, as do most of your posts. Maybe you should work on improving your own writing skills/education before you criticize anyone else.

girlJordan on

@ Tara 70 “How many of us needed our dads during the first year of our life for anything other than a figurehead”. Oh please, and we could all have been bottle fed formula by a robot for our first year too so we don’t need mothers either! Babies are raised by people other than their biological mothers all the time.

How about you acknowledge you completely missed the sarcasm in Tina’s comment. It would make you look (slightly) better.

Jeanne on

@ Tara 70 “How many of us needed our dads during the first year of our life for anything other than a figurehead”

Just because my dad isn’t physically capable of lactating and had to work to support the family doesn’t mean my brother and I didn’t need him when we were newborns.

I feel sorry for you. You’re obviously a very bitter person.

poppy on

hope it’s a boy

dsfg on

Poppy I hope it’s whatever gender Tina and her husband prefer . . .

Laura on

For those saying ‘no one is forcing Tina to work’ yes that may technically be true, but this is her other baby, she created this show, she’s not just going to drop it because she has too much on her plate. How many of us do the same thing, celebrity or not? It’s not that easy to make that choice, is it? Besides that, she says in her book she stressed out about having a second kid because that may mean 30 Rock ending and she would feel HORRIBLE about HUNDREDS of cast and crew members LOSING THEIR JOB because of her choices. It’s not like she can up and leave without affecting others.

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