Every time we begin to think Tracy Jordan is really just an exaggerated character Tracy Morgan plays on 30 Rock, he turns around and demonstrates that truth is still even stranger (and more extravagant) than fiction. He showed up at the New York premiere of Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour earlier this week wearing the ultimate Michael Jackson tribute, a $20,000 replica of one of the King of Pop’s jackets.
“I was trying to wait for Pacquiao-Mayweather [to wear this], but that ain’t gonna happen, so this is appropriate. This is a Michael Jackson thing!” he told VH1 News, showing of the Swarovski crystal-studded masterpiece. He told us it had 150 crystals, but later clarified to GQ.com that it’s actually 200,000 and made by Leo Velazquez after the jacket MJ wore to his 30th anniversary concert in 2001. Read more…
In the latest issue of Vanity Fair, James Wolcott points out what a great time it is for female characters on TV. From Downton Abbey to 30 Rock, our screens are filled with complex, strong, flawed women that reflect real life as much as they entertain us. And also, as the VF cover and photo spread demonstrate, a lot of the actresses portraying those great characters also happen to be smoking hot. We at the Fab Life pride ourselves on being solid feminists as much as we love being shallow, so this is the perfect way to combine those interests: Making you (seriously, we’ll put toothpicks in your eyelids if you disobey) look at the 10 brainiest beauties, or the 10 most beautiful brainiacs, on TV right now, and then forcing you to vote for your favorite. Are you an avid follower of Kalinda Sharma’s ass-kicking investigative techniques on The Good Wife? Were you rooting for Lady Sybil to ditch her parents AND her chauffeur suitor and run off to become a doctor? Aren’t you sure that Sterling Cooper Draper Price would crumble without Joanie’s capable guidance? Peruse the gallery, add to your DVR queue, and get to voting. Poll ends on Monday at 2 p.m. ET.
The gossip gods giveth and the gossip gods taketh away. Just as we announced that Maroon 5 heartthrob Adam Levine is single, we discovered that another Hollywood hunk is now off the market. We’re talking, of course, about Alec Baldwin. Sorry, ladies!
The 30 Rock star popped the question on Saturday to his girlfriend, yoga instructor Hilaria Thomas, while the two were visiting Long Island. “Yes, it’s true! Alec proposed to Hilaria this weekend and we’re all excited for the newly engaged couple,” Alec’s rep told People this afternoon. “Alec’s birthday is tomorrow. Great way to celebrate!” Definitely! We can’t think of a better way to turn 54 than to get engaged to a 28-year-old. Baldwin will never age.
The duo met a dinner in early 2011, and became public that September. Since then, they’ve pushed social media to gooey new heights with mushy tweets proclaiming their love. “All of a sudden I found myself where I was available to have something more real in my life,” Baldwin said in an interview with the Daily Beast last fall. “And now I’m going to move in with her. It’s the most serious thing, I guess, I’ve had in a long, long time.” Awww! It looks like Hilaria is just the calming force the notoriously short-tempered Alec needs. Congrats, you two! We’ll celebrate with a bowl of Schweddy Balls!
30 Rock stars Tina Fey and Jane Krakowski stopped by The Today Show this morning to discuss their show’s long-awaited sixth season, set to air (finally!) this Thursday. But the two funny ladies took a break from business for a moment to talk about their an even bigger news story: Beyonce’s birth to daughter Blue Ivy! Tina and Jane have something of a personal connection to Bey’s big news, having both given birth in the same New York City hospital as the diva. However, neither got spoiled by the docs quite like Beyonce apparently did.
“We had very similar experiences to Beyonce and Jay-Z,” said Jane sarcastically, alluding to Lenox Hill Hospital staff allegedly rolling out the red carpet for the famous couple. “My celebrity treatment at Lenox Hill involved taking a group breastfeeding class in a closet,” Fey added. “It’s clearly supposed to be a storage closet, with a bunch of other mothers, and a nurse grabs one of your breasts and another lady’s and is shoving them in a baby’s mouth.” But despite this, Fey has nothing but love for the Lenox Hill medical staff. Check out what else they have to say on motherhood, and 30 Rock (!) in the video below.
According to Tina Fey, 30 Rock might feature the Tracy Morgan gay controversy as a future plot point, which seems at least as entertaining as watching Tracy Jordan buy two blimps and crash them into each other to see what kind of sound they make. When asked by Deadline whether the anti-gay comments Morgan made earlier this summer would affect the show’s chances for an Emmy or reduce their audience, Fey replied, “Because of my real-life pregnancy, we donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t go back on the air until January. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m hoping that Tracy will have, and the world will have, forgotten about that by them. He from the first has gone around very sincerely and done his best to try to make up for the foolishness.” Don’t worry, everyone still associates him first and foremost with wanting to take them behind the middle school and get them pregnant.
Morgan later apologized for his comments in a GLAAD press conference, as well as defended of gay marriage. But since it happened (and since they already had Tracy visit Africa, have another baby and discover he has a son older than himself), Fey and the writing staff might just have to incorporate the scandal into 30 Rock‘s upcoming season. “ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the kind of story that even if it happened to someone else, we would probably turn it into a Tracy story,” Tina mused. “So we may use it.” We bet they will; Tracy Jordan’s lizard’s album drops in December, but then they have a lot of airtime to fill.
Plenty of sitcoms have brought in a main character’s old flame just to shake things up, but they’re rarely portrayed by a former U.S. Secretary of State. Yesterday on NPR’s Leonard Lopate show, Tina Fey spilled the beans that Condoleezza Rice will guest star on 30 Rock before the end of this season. Rice will be playing the “high-ranking African-American member of the Bush Administration” that Alec Baldwin‘s John Donaghy claimed to have dated in season one, episode eight “The Break-Up.” Sadly, Baldwin and his lady love split before the audience a chance to see her, in part due to an alleged flirtation with Vladimir Putin. The episode even insinuated Jack’s “neocon inamorata” enjoyed phone sex. Look, if Condi is willing to go there during her cameo, we are willing to overlook some of the Bush Administration. Like, the first two weeks.
This isn’t the first surprising 30 Rock celebrity cameo the show has pulled out it’s bag of tricks; everyone from Aaron Sorkin to Pee-Wee Herman have stopped to visit Liz and the gang. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin even had a romance with Liz’s mom! What are the odds Condi could soon pull a reverse-Reagan and go from politics to acting in real life? A reverse-Reagan also sounds like something Rice and Donaghy would be discussing during their late-night phone calls.Ã‚Â See, this episode is writing itself!
Nooo! In News We Hate today, New York magazine reports that both Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey plan to leave 30 Rock next year, effectively shutting down the show. Though Fey’s reps wouldn’t confirm the news, Baldwin told the magazine “I will tell you one thing, and that is our show next year is our last year of the show.” He continued, “Our contracts are expired [in 2012], and Tina is gonna have a big career directing films and writing. She’s going to be the next Elaine May. She’ll be great.”
Well yes, we all know that Tina Fey will be great no matter what she does, but please, don’t take our 30 Rock away! That just means there will be a gaping hole in the Thursday night lineup that’s destined to be filled with more super-sized episodes of Outsourced. Shudder.
Imagine finding out your brother had life-threatening surgery while you are trying to get your Twilight gossip on. According to a RadarOnline interview with his brother and mother, Tracy Morgan never told his family about his kidney transplantÃ¢â‚¬Â¦they had to read about it on the internet.Ã‚Â “I’ve been with him at his home, and he didn’t let me know anything,” James Morgan claims. “It was his choice, but he could have got me checked to see if I was compatible. If he would have asked, of course I would have done it. He’s my brother.” We’re not saying you have to tell your family everything, but if you’re going to have someone else’s organ put in your body, maybe shoot them an email?
Even Tracy’s mother found out about her son’s transplant from the gossip sites before the 30 Rock star would confirm he had undergone the operation. “He didn’t tell me about anything,” Tracy’s mother Alice Warden says. “We never discussed it. He didn’t bring it up to me. Someone came and told me they saw it on the Internet, so I was just as shocked.” As if that wasn’t strange enough, apparently the family has never heard of Tanisha Hall, Morgan’s donor and ex-girlfriend whom the actor thanked on the SAG red carpet. “God bless her, that’s all I can say about that. She must really have a genuine love for him, even though they’re not together anymore,” James says. As if their annual reunion wasn’t awkward enough, now the family newsletter has basically be replaced by TheFABLife. Not that we mind it, but still: communication, people!
The fact that Tracy Morgan‘s ex-girlfriend gave him a kidney makes us think she might be the one that got away. At the SAG awards on Sunday, the 30 Rock star gave a shout-out to former flamer Tanisha Hall for floating him the organ last year. “I’d also like to thank Tanisha for donating my kidney to me,” Morgan told E!’s Giuliana Rancic on the read carpet. When asked how he knew his donor, Morgan practically blushed. “We were together but then we separated, but she also gave me a kidney…I’m doing fine and happy to be here,” he explained. Tracy must know some seriously dark relationship magic to pull that off. Hats off to you, Tracy!
Morgan received the transplant in December, after which we’re hoping Tanisha got a hovercraft with her name spray-painted on the side. Tracy’s co-star Grizz Chapman also received a kidney transplant earlier last year, but we suspect his didn’t come from a former lover. Unless this is what people do after they have a friendly break-up, and we’ve just never experienced one. Also a possibility! Just to prove he’s back on the top of his game, Morgan joked about Sarah Palin again, shouting “Sarah Palin, you’re the hottest MILF in the world!…She’s a MILF!” We’d be nicer to the women in your life if we were you, Tracy. You never know when you’re going to need a cornea or a lung.