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Seven seasons of playing the nerdy curmudgeon Liz Lemon on 30 Rock may have rubbed off on actress and show creator-writer Tina Fey, who recently found herself in a verbal altercation with a stranger at a donut shop.
The comedic actress has admitted to having difficulties adjusting to real life after the final episode of 30 Rock aired on NBC Jan 27. Fey appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman and told the host that after seven years of 18-hour days filming in the studio, “I feel like I just got out of prison and I don’t know how to act right.”
She then recalled an awkward interaction at a Dunkin’ Donuts that happened a few weeks before the talk show interview. Fey was moving too slowly at the counter and an impatient woman behind her mumbled “Jesus Christ!” Fey’s quick wit came to the fore as she responded “Yes, is our lord and savior and we should pray!” Immediately after, she marveled at her short-tempered comeback.
Fans may recognize a bit of 30 Rock’s main character in this real-life incident. The opening scene of the pilot episode, which aired way back in 2006, saw Liz Lemon arguing with a self-absorbed businessman who’d sauntered up to a hot dog stand instead of waiting in the long line. Overcome by a feeling of female empowerment, Lemon monopolized the hot dogs by buying them all and handing them out for free.
Nevertheless, Tina Fey remains a well-loved figure in the entertainment industry. Fey co-hosted this year’s Golden Globe Awards with best friend and fellow comedienne Amy Poehler to critical acclaim. She was also a favorite to host next year’s Oscar Awards, though to the dismay of many, she firmly told Huffington Post, “No way.”