Fey to sit out ‘SNL’ with baby this fall but will suit up soon

August 1, 2005

Fear not, Tina Fey fans. The “Weekend Update” co-anchor said she’ll be gone from “Saturday Night Live” this fall, but not for good.

Dismissing speculation that she might call it quits to concentrate on motherhood, Fey said over the weekend that she only intends to sit out a few weeks — “as few as I can.”

Her first child is due in early September, not long before “SNL” begins its 31st season. “I’m sure I’m gonna crawl back in as soon as I’m capable,” said Fey, who also heads the show’s writing staff.

“Update” co-anchor Amy Poehler isn’t sure who, if anyone, will fill in on the fake news desk. “I think it’ll just be a few weeks of figuring that out and seeing what works for everybody,” she says.

Meanwhile, Fey reports that pregnancy is going well, and she’s still working on a sitcom, “Friday Night Bits,” she’d like to star in and produce for NBC. The pilot will be shot “as soon as I look normal — if I ever look normal again.”

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