Fey Leaving ‘Saturday Night Live’

Jul 21, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Tina Fey, head writer and ensemble cast member on NBC’s late-night sketch comedy show “Saturday Night Live,” will not be returning to the program, instead working on her upcoming NBC prime-time comedy “30 Rock.”

“I’m not going to do ‘Saturday Night Live’ any more,” Ms. Fey said Friday on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. “I wish I could…I wanted to stop doing ‘Saturday Night Live’ so I could spend more time with Star Jones.”

Ms. Fey, an Emmy winner, recently completed her sixth season as head writer of “Saturday Night Live” and co-anchor of the “Weekend Update” segment on the NBC late night show. Ms. Fey joined the show’s writing staff in 1997.

“30 Rock” is a behind-the-scenes look at a fictional late night talk show based in New York. Ms. Fey will also star in the series.