Tina Fey is ‘being courted to take over Saturday Night Live from Lorne Michaels’ … despite him saying he has ‘no plans to retire’ a year ago
- Lorne Michaels, 78, has not formally announced any intention to leave SNL
- Tina Fey, 53, left her role as head writer on SNL in 2006
- The 50th season of ‘Saturday Night Live’ is set to start in fall 2024
The 53-year-old former head writer of Saturday Night Live is ‘being courted’ to take over as executive producer when Lorne Michaels, 78, leaves, a source told The New York Post.
And Michaels has not formally announced any plans of his retirement. He previously told Gayle King on ‘CBS Mornings’ that he’s committed to staying with the show through the 50th anniversary.
Michaels created the sketch comedy show in 1975 and the 50th season is set to start in the fall of 2024.
Tina Fey, 53, is rumored to be making her way back to 30 Rock to take over Saturday Night Live, despite the creator Lorne Michaels, 78, insisting he has no plans to retire
There has been speculation for years that Fey would eventually take over the helm of SNL
‘I think I’m committed to doing the show until its 50th anniversary, which is in three years,’ Michaels told King in 2021. ‘I’d like to see that through and I have a feeling that would be a really good time to leave.’
A year later, Michaels told the New York Times, ‘I have no plans to retire.’
There has been speculation for years that Fey would eventually take over the helm of SNL.
The Manhattan resident left her SNL role as head writer and ‘Weekend Update’ co-anchor in 2006.
‘I would be surprised if it wasn’t her,’ the source told The Post. ‘Seth Meyers has his own show. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg won’t come here. Judd Apatow passed [on the job] years ago. Amy Poehler has her own stuff. Bill Hader is directing a movie. Kate McKinnon is too hot.’
However, another source inside NBC told The Post that the rumor is not true.
Michaels has not formally announced any plans of his retirement. He told Gayle King on ‘CBS Mornings’ that he’s committed to staying with the show through the 50th anniversary
Fey has been a longtime NBC alum. Her sitcom ’30 Rock,’ which she starred in as Liz Lemon won 16 Emmy Awards.
She has since had a slew of career successions including her Netflix series ‘Kimmy Schmidt,’ her screenplay for the movie ‘Mean Girls,’ which she then made into a Broadway musical.
Fey, who lives in Manhattan with her husband and two daughters, is currently on a comedy tour with Amy Poehler, which is set to end on January 13, 2024.