Former Gov. of Alaska Sarah Palin thinks Tina Fey should cough up some dough for appropriating her likeness in the comedian’s classic 2008 “Saturday Night Live” sketch.
In an interview about the long-running comedy show in The Hollywood Reporter, Palin sounded a little bitter over SNL’s relentless needling back when she was Arizona Sen. John McCain’s running mate.
“I think SNL is egotistical if they believe that it was truly an effect on maybe the public debate about who should lead the country in the next four years,” Palin asserted.
The then-vice presidential candidate, who appeared with Fey-as-Palin in October 2008 — less than a month before the election that saw President Barack Obama win the presidency — explained why she decided to go on the show.
“I know that they portrayed me as an idiot, and I hated that,” she said. “And I wanted to come on the show and counter some of that.”
And Fey herself?
“If I ran into Tina Fey again today, I would say: ‘You need to at least pay for my kids’ braces or something from all the money that you made off of pretending that you’re me!’” Palin declared. “‘My goodness, you capitalized on that! Can’t you contribute a little bit? Jeez!’”
The Palin impersonation was a phenomenal hit and an instant classic, catapulting Fey’s career to new heights. No less that MSNBC’s Chris Matthews called it “the greatest impression ever.”