Those SNL girls stick together.
Tina Fey was honored at Elle's Women in Hollywood celebration on Monday night in Beverly Hills, and during her speech, the Emmy winning comedian took the time to thank other trailblazers in the industry, including presenter Amy Poehler.
"I would be remiss if I didn't thank my peers, Amy, Maya [Rudolph], Rachel Dratch—people who I not only have learned so much from comedy wise for 20 years now, but also we're all working mothers now and we've become such a support group for each other," the 44-year-old actress said. "There's an SNL moms text chain that I wish I could publish because it's so funny, but it's so dirty, you would not even believe it. I'm so grateful I have those guys to ask questions of, to say, 'This is f---ed up' or, 'I'm mad about this.' When I turn 50 I'm going to publish that chain.
"A big topic actually recently on the SNL moms text chain was our mutual deep sadness about the loss of Jan Hooks, who is another woman who meant so much to me," Fey continued as the audience applauded.
Hooks passed away earlier this month at the age of 57. While the cause of death has yet to be disclosed, it's believed she died from cancer.
"We were doing 30 Rock and we needed to cast Jane Krakowski's estranged Florida dirt-bag mother and I thought, 'My God, do you think we could get Jan Hooks?' Because she's an idol of mine, from the Sweeney Sisters to the Miss Self Esteem Pageant — just the funniest woman ever. And I said, 'Do you think we could get her?' And the answer was like, 'Yeah, you can get her.' She was living in Woodstock and the phone was not ringing," Fey recalled. "We called her and were like, 'Do you want to do this?' And she was like, 'OK?' She was actually a little shy about kind of jumping back into the game. And she came down and she was so funny."
Hooks was in two episodes of the hit NBC comedy in 2010.
"We did a scene where [Jane's character] Jenna and her mother are reunited and they've been estranged, but they decide to sing their duet that they used to sing in pageants when Jenna was a child," continued Fey. "And it was a mother and a daughter singing to each other: 'Do that to me one more time...' And it was so funny and the crew was so mesmerized," Fey said with a smile. "It was all at once ridiculous and heartbreaking and beautiful, this weird mother-daughter relationship. And I'm so proud of it."
"It made me sad when [Jan] passed, and it made me mad at the time how available she was," Fey continued. "Jan should have had a bigger career. Jan deserved a big movie career. Certainly as big as Rob Schneider's f---ing career. She was a bigger star on SNL."
Amy Poehler looked on from the crowed laughing as Fey concluded her speech perfectly: "I dedicate this award to sweet Jan Hooks."
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