In light of yesterday’s announcement that David Letterman will be retiring, we thought we’d share this great tribute by Tina Fey, at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2012.

And don’t forget this memorable tribute by Jimmy Kimmel from that same night.

(Kimmel actually talks about that tribute in his Fresh Air interview)

Also, Terry spoke to David Letterman in 1981 back when Fresh Air was a local show and Letterman was just getting started:

"If you do one show a year or one show every three months or one show every four months, you have an awful lot of time to realize what a failure you’ve been.  But we do kind of a baseball season: We do a show one night and we hope it’s wonderful, and if not that, we hope it’s good and we hope it isn’t bad. But even if it’s a great show or even if it’s not such a good show, we do another show the next night and we have no time, except in self analysis, to decide why it wasn’t good or even why it was very good."


I’m glad to hear that Tracy apologized for his comments. Stand-up comics may have the right to “work out” their material in its ugliest and rawest form in front of an audience, but the violent imagery of Tracy’s rant was disturbing to me at a time when homophobic hate crimes continue to be a life-threatening issue for the GLBT Community.

It also doesn’t line up with the Tracy Morgan I know, who is not a hateful man and is generally much too sleepy and self-centered to ever hurt another person.

I hope for his sake that Tracy’s apology will be accepted as sincere by his gay and lesbian coworkers at 30 Rock, without whom Tracy would not have lines to say, clothes to wear, sets to stand on, scene partners to act with, or a printed-out paycheck from accounting to put in his pocket.

The other producers and I pride ourselves on 30 Rock being a diverse, safe, and fair workplace.

30 Rock star and executive producer TINA FEY, regarding Tracy Morgan’s recent homophobic standup set in Nashville.

(via New York Magazine)