With the recent exits of many legendary late night talk show hosts, folks can’t help but speculate on the future status of the TV subgenre. While most of the positions have been filled with budding male comedic talent, like Stephen Colbert and possibly Joel McHale, the ladies are still getting no love.
On Wednesday, Tina Fey visited her old SNL pal Seth Meyers and had an interesting take on women’s advance in late night. “I realize I have a theory about how women are going to breakthrough in late night,” she said. She pointed out how most hosts acquire their gig early in life and hold onto it for decades. So what’s holding back the females? “If you’re a lady, what do you wear? Because if you go in with a cocktail dress and then you're 45, you're 50… then there’s going to come a day where you go ‘I don’t got it – bring me the jacket!’” The funny lady then makes her prediction in the most Tina Fey/Liz Lemon way possible: “That’s why I think Ellen is going to be the first person to breakthrough because she’s already wearing jackets!”
Tina Fey will hit the big screen on September 12 in the comedic movie adaptation of This Is Where I Leave You, based on a novel written by Jonathan Tropper. The film also stars Jason Bateman, Adam Driver, and Jane Fonda.