Tina Fey says she begged Carson to reprise his ‘TRL’ role on her new show ‘Girls5Eva’

Tina Fey says she begged Carson to reprise his ‘TRL’ role on her new show ‘Girls5Eva’

6/15/2021 8:15:00 PM

Tina Fey says she begged Carson to reprise his ‘TRL’ role on her new show ‘Girls5Eva’

The actor and comedian was TODAY's first in-person guest in Studio 1A since the pandemic began.

The showrunners initially tried to cast a Carson look-alike but decided to just go to the man himself."We ended up begging Carson to voice over because honestly, Carson, you're iconic, and it doesn't work without you," Fey said on TODAY.

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"I wanted to do it in person actually, but with the pandemic, it was impossible," Carson responded.It was actually Fey's husband, Jeff Richmond, who pushed for the real thing over the look-alike.Fey joined Savannah and Hoda to talk about her NBC shows "Girls5eva" and "Mr. Mayor."

Nathan Congleton / TODAY"We were like, 'What about this guy?' And (my husband's) like, 'No, Carson has piercing blue eyes!'" Fey joked, adding,"Alright buddy."Fey and Richmond's daughter, Penelope, 9, also has an acting role on the show, which Fey was skittish about at first. headtopics.com

"There was a part for a 9-year-old, and I was like, if we don't let her audition for this, she's going to kill us," Fey quipped."She auditioned, she put herself on tape, and (show creator) Meredith (Scardino) was like, 'Should we give her the part?' And I was like, 'No, you can't let the boss's kid get the first job they ever auditioned for,' but she did really well."

They cast another child actor from out of state, who ended up not being able to make it work because of the pandemic.May 21, 202101:00"I was like, 'Penelope you're up,' and she did a great job, and she was super professional," Fey recalled."For kind of a grim year of distance learning and all that stuff, it was a little treat for her."

Fey was as happy about Penelope's job off-camera as much as her performance."I was very, very proud of her because it's one of those moments where you're like, 'You brought all your manners today,'" Fey said."That's the main thing as a parent. I'm like 'Oh, your manners were lovely.'"

At the end of her time with Savannah and Hoda, Fey then danced right back off the set in celebration of feeling one step closer to getting back to normal.Scott Stump Read more: »

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