Tina Fey can do just about anything: Create and star in "30 Rock," co-host the Golden Globes, and now star alongside Paul Rudd in her newest film "Admission." But there's one thing she just isn't going to do, no matter how many times people ask: Host the Oscars.
"No!" she told TODAY's Savannah Guthrie Tuesday emphatically. "I'm happy to be able to say, 'No, thank you!' ... It's just so hard, it's super hard. And for a woman, the number of dresses you have to try on and the amount of tricep dips, forget it!"
So that's out. What's not out is "Admission," in which she plays a college admissions officer who discovers an applicant might be the child she gave up for adoption. Additionally -- no real surprise -- Fey's character is a wound-tight overachiever. "It's super dramatic acting," said Fey with a wry tone. "Not since Daniel Day-Lewis has there been such an amazing stretch, acting-wise."
But now that she's done filming the movie and her show "30 Rock" has ended after seven seasons, what will Fey be doing with her time?
"Children eat your time so beautifully," she noted, referring to her two young daughters. "(Not working) is OK because right now it just feels like we're on hiatus. I think come September I'll be wandering, I'll just kind of be walking out there" she gestured at the TODAY Plaza "in pajama pants and a coat going, 'Where do I work?'"
Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) wrote herself another new script on the "30 Rock" finale.
By Ree Hines, TODAY contributor
Fans of Liz Lemon, Jack Donaghy, Tracy Jordan and the rest of the "30 Rock" cast of characters found themselves in an unusual situation Thursday night. After seven seasons of yukking it up as those familiar faces goofed around on the show within a show, faithful viewers suddenly had -- sniff! -- something in their eyes.
Oh, sure, the series ender still packed plenty of zingers, but touching moments and sentimental so-longs outnumbered the laughs by the time the one-hour finale came to a close.
The penultimate episode of the season did most of the work as far as tying up loose ends went. "TGS" was over, Jack landed his CEO dream job, Kenneth Parcell Willy-Wonka'ed his way to the top of the peacock network, and Liz wrote herself a new script as a mom.
So what was left for the finale? Well, "30 Rock" was never really about all the details. It was about the relationships. So all those neatly tied ends? They unraveled so the show could end the right way.
"TGS" was back on for one more episode. Jack found being completely fulfilled was anything but fulfilling. Kenneth ... well, Kenneth was right where he belonged. But Liz wasn't so happy.
One by one, they all had to find a way to connect to their emotions, which meant finding a way to say "I love you" to each other. Or in Jack's case, when faced with leaving his best platonic pal behind, finding a way to say "a once special word that's been tragically co-opted by the romance industrial complex" to Liz.
Hilarious guest star spots from Conan O'Brien, Julianne Moore, Salma Hayek, Nancy Pelosi, Richard Belzer and Ice-T (not to mention TODAY's own Savannah Guthrie and Al "Snowicane" Roker) broke up the heavy moments, as did Jack's suggestion to go to Youtube and search for "Hamlet the mini pig goes down the stairs." (Which was totally worth it).
Still, the plot went right back to the tear-jerking material as everyone got their happily-ever-afters -- even Tracy's dad came back from his decades-long "out for a pack of cigarettes" excursion -- before wrapping it all up with a classic TV nod.
Well, there was one last lighthearted meta moment.
"Thank you, America," Tracy said from the "TGS" stage. "That's our show. Not a lot of people watched it, but the joke's on you because we got paid anyway."
Chris Parnell, Oprah Winfrey and Will Arnett all guest starred on "30 Rock."
By Will Harris, TODAY contributor
When “30 Rock” rides into the sunset Jan. 31, viewers will be left with countless hilarious memories of the core cast — Tina Fey (Liz Lemon), Alec Baldwin (Jack Donaghy), Tracy Morgan (Tracy Jordan), Jane Krakowski (Jenna Maroney), Jack McBrayer (Kenneth Parcell) and all the behind-the-scenes talent of “TGS With Tracy Jordan.” But one of the most consistent reasons to love the series was the diversity of its guest stars. Given the talent pool involved, everyone’s list of the 30 best “30 Rock” guests is likely to be different, but here are our picks in no particular order.
1. Ghostface Killah as himself (Season 1) As the very first celebrity to play himself on “30 Rock,” the Wu-Tang Clan man rapped his way through Jenna Maroney’s episode-ending performance of “Muffin Top” and set the tone for the show’s slightly askew sensibilities when selecting guest stars.
2. Chris Parnell as Dr. Leo Spaceman (Seasons 1 – 7) Although he now serves the greater good as the United States Surgeon General, Leo Spaceman spent much of “30 Rock’s” run offering medical advice of dubious merit to the cast and crew of “TGS.” Although he is purportedly a graduate of the Ho Chi Minh City School of Medicine and appears in the Writers Guild Health Manual under fertility, meth addiction and child psychiatry, there are numerous reasons to suspect that the “Dr.” that appears before Spaceman’s name is in quotation marks, not least of which is his credo, “Science is whatever we want it to be!”
3. Dean Winters as Dennis Duffy (Seasons 1 – 7) Liz Lemon’s longest-running ex-boyfriend consistently proved to be equal parts bad cold and bad penny, regularly lingering for extended periods of time and, after inevitably getting the boot from Liz, reappearing when his presence was neither requested nor desired. On the other hand, he briefly made beepers cool again and was semi-successful in turning the word “dummy” into a term of endearment, so he wasn’t without his merits.
4. Paul Reubens as Prince Gerhard Messerschmidt Ramstein Von Hap (Season 1) In a 2011 GQ interview, Tina Fey described the episode featuring Reubens, who turns in a thoroughly disconcerting performance as an inbred Austrian prince who dies before the closing credits roll, as a pivotal one in the series’ history. “It was the last episode that we shot before we were supposed to get our (season 2) pick-up,” said Fey. “When we were on-set, we were joking that the episode was called ‘Black Tie’ but should be called ‘Good-bye, America!’”
5. Isabella Rossellini as Bianca Donaghy (Season 1) During her all-too-brief two-episode stint as Jack Donaghy’s ex-wife, the “Blue Velvet” star’s gift of gravitas transformed the line “Dammit, Johnny, you know I love my Big Beef and Cheddar!” into comedy gold.
6. Will Arnett as Devon Banks (Season 1 – 7) Jack Donaghy’s boss may have changed over the years, shifting from Don Geiss (Rip Torn) to Kathy Geiss (Marceline Hugot) to Hank Hooper (Ken Howard), but his nemesis has remained the same from start to finish. With a lust for both power and Kenneth Parcell, Devon Banks rarely missed an opportunity to try and gain any sort of advantage over Jack, shifting his allegiances at the drop of a hat if it would help him gain the upper hand. Sadly, it never does.
7. Elaine Stritch as Colleen Donaghy (Seasons 1 – 7) It’s hard to say who suffered more in the mother/son relationship between Colleen and Jack, but from the character’s first appearance to her indisputably epic funeral, Colleen Donaghy proved to be one of TV’s funniest — and bitchiest — mothers.
8. Carrie Fisher as Rosemary Howard (Season 2) Although Fisher gamely delivered the obligatory Princess Leia riff (“Help me, Liz Lemon, you’re my only hope”), as one of Liz’s comedy-writing heroes, her real role was to deliver a message about how comedy doesn’t always translate well from one generation to the next.
9. Paul Scheer as Donny Lawson (Season 2) Jack isn’t the only “30 Rock” character with a nemesis: During season 2, Kenneth regularly tussled with fellow NBC page Donny. Alas, their “page-off” was broken up by Pete before a true victor could be declared.
10. David Schwimmer as Jared a.k.a. Greenzo (Season 2) After “Friends” left the air in 2004, the actor formerly known as Ross Geller stepped away from the small screen in a big way, but he made a memorable one-off return to the world of sitcoms to play an in-your-face mascot for global warming awareness whose sudden success causes him to develop a planet-size ego.
11. Al Gore as himself (Seasons 2 and 4) When Greenzo grew too big for his britches, Jack tried to trick the former vice president to step in, but other matters attracted his attention, necessitating a hasty departure. (“A whale is in trouble! I have to go!”) A few seasons later, Gore reappeared to assist the “TGS” offices in their effort to go green by switching out a few light bulbs and transforming a dirty snack table into a lush garden. As is only befitting for an environmentalist, Gore also recycled his “a whale is in trouble” exit line. While an admirable gesture, it was funnier the first time.
12. Buck Henry as Dick Lemon (Seasons 2 and 5) Given “30 Rock’s” premise and its creators’ pedigree, it’s hardly surprising how many former “Saturday Night Live” cast members have turned up as guests. But Tina Fey added an extra touch of class by bringing in 10-time “SNL” host — and, lest we forget, co-creator of “Get Smart” and screenwriter of “The Graduate” — Buck Henry to play her dad.
13. Andy Richter as Mitch Lemon (Season 2) In further family matters, Fey also scored points for having Conan O’Brien’s longtime sidekick play her brother, then giving the character a neurological disorder where he perpetually believes he’s in high school circa 1985. This afforded him the opportunity to use pick-up lines such as, “Do you like Wham? 'Cause I'm kinda like the George Michael of my school …”
14. Tim Conway as Bucky Bright (Season 2) In another nod to her comedy roots, Fey called upon a star player from the ensemble of “The Carol Burnett Show” to play “a major TV star in the ‘40s, ‘50s and the fall of 1972” who turned out to be sexist, racist, anti-Semitic and several other unsavory adjectives.
15. Oprah Winfrey as herself … sort of (Season 3) After washing down a couple of Comanaprosil (“may cause dizziness, sexual nightmares, and sleep crime”) with a mixed drink to help her get through a flight, Liz hallucinated that her seatmate was none other than Oprah Winfrey. When the drugs wore off, the illusion was shattered in a big way — “Oprah” turned out to be a sassy ‘tween named Pam who bore little resemblance to the talk-show queen.
16. Jennifer Aniston as Claire Harper (Season 3) Adding another former “Friend” to their roster of guest stars, Aniston turned up on in season 3 as an old friend of Liz’s whose hobbies included non-stop partying and bleeding men dry. Of course some might argue that the more impressive guest-star turns in the episode, which was entitled “The One With the Cast of ‘Night Court,’ ” came courtesy of Harry Anderson, Markie Post and Charles Robinson.
17. Steve Martin as Gavin Volure (Season 3) Martin played an eccentric and ostensibly agoraphobic businessman friend of Jack’s who fell for Liz, leading her to believe that she’d finally found the perfect anti-social soul mate. But he broke her heart when he revealed that he’s actually under house arrest for arson and fraud.
18. Peter Dinklage as Stewart (Season 3) Although his stint playing one of Liz’s boyfriends was short — stop it! — the future “Game of Thrones” star nonetheless made a big impression in his one appearance.
19. Jon Hamm as Dr. Drew Baird (Seasons 3 to 5) In a recurring role referred to by TV historians as “that time when the dude from ‘Mad Men’ showed everybody that he was both hot and hilarious,” Hamm played Liz’s pediatrician neighbor who, she soon discovered, was so unbelievably handsome that he would unconsciously manipulate everyone around him in order to live a life of perfection. Naturally, Liz popped the bubble in which he’d been residing, sending him into the real world, a place that ultimately led him to lose both his hands (one in a fireworks explosion, the other in a helicopter accident). Even handless, though, he’s still pretty hot.
20. Alan Alda as Milton Greene (Seasons 3 and 5) After years of mystery about the identity of his biological father, Jack was horrified to learn that he shares DNA with Milton Greene, a decidedly liberal professor at Bennington College. Greene’s greatest moment on the show occurred when his failing kidney inspired Jack to hold a charity concert featuring a roster of performers including Clay Aiken, the Beastie Boys, Mary J. Blige, Sheryl Crow, Cyndi Lauper, Michael McDonald and many more. (It’s revealed a few seasons later that Elvis Costello, ever the soft touch, ended up giving Greene one of his kidneys.)
21. Jeff Dunham as Rick Wayne (Season 4) Hipsters may not admit to enjoying Jeff Dunham’s ventriloquism act, but even the cool kids can appreciate his appearance on “30 Rock,” where his redneck dummy Bubba J — or Pumpkin, as he’s called in the episode — spewed a foul-mouthed tirade at Liz when she started heckling him. Pumpkin ended up getting a serious stomping from Jack … like, to the point of decapitation. Good times.
22. Buzz Aldrin as himself (Season 4) In an effort to top his accomplishments as the lunar module pilot of Apollo 11, Aldrin turned up on “30 Rock,” where, as it turns out, he’d preceded his mission to the moon by being the first love of Liz Lemon’s mother, Margaret (Anita Gillette).
23. Matt Damon as Carol Burnett (Seasons 4 and 5) No, not that Carol Burnett, silly. Damon played an airline captain who began a relationship with Liz that started out strong, but ended up falling apart when they realized that they’re both too stubborn for things to work out.
24. Elizabeth Banks as Avery Jessup (Seasons 4 to 6) Jack’s list of former girlfriends is a mile long and includes a former secretary of state (Condoleeza Rice), an art dealer (Emily Mortimer), a Democratic congresswoman (Edie Falco), his mother’s nurse (Salma Hayek) and, of course, the inevitable high-school crush for whom he still harbors feelings (Julianne Moore). But the MVP of the bunch has to be conservative CNBC commentator Avery Jessup. That’s not because they ended up getting married and having a child together, but because Elizabeth Banks had the longest stint of any of Jack’s romantic interests, and in turn delivered more laughs than any of the others.
25. Will Forte as Paul L'Astnamé (Seasons 4 to 7) Although he first appeared on the show as a different character, Forte made his greatest impression as a Jenna Maroney impersonator who goes on to actually marry Jenna Maroney, and at Jack’s mother funeral, no less! (Accordingly, he takes both her first and last names.)
26. Michael Keaton (Season 5) The star of “Night Shift,” “Mr. Mom” and “Multiplicity” hasn’t had nearly enough comedic roles in recent years, so it was a real treat to see him turn up on the series’ hour-long 100th episode spectacular as a maintenance man battling a gas leak at 30 Rock.
27. John Slattery as Steve Austin (Season 5) After getting good returns from one “Mad Men” star, why not bring in another one? Slattery played a Rhode Island political candidate who had Jack Donaghy’s support until Jack realized the man was a complete nut job, with a platform revolving around a return to the Founding Fathers’ sensibilities, including unpaved roads and legalized slavery. Even then, Jack was so intent on seeing Regina Bookman (Queen Latifah) lose that he threw Austin a fundraiser anyway. Stay classy, Jack.
28. Weird Al Yankovic as himself (Season 6) Jenna entered into a feud with Al when he parodied one of her songs, inspiring her to team up with Tracy and write a new track that would prove impossible to parody. But the end result sounded so ridiculous that Al responded by turning it into a serious song, which infuriated her further.
29 and 30. Bryan Cranston and Catherine O’Hara as Ron and Pearline (Season 7) Some couplings are just too strong to separate, so we’re closing with a twofer and letting these “Breaking Bad” and “SCTV” icons share the spotlight as Kenneth’s mom, Pearline, and her “friend” Ron, who turns out to have been Kenneth’s stepfather for the past seven years. The real highlight is the short but oh-so-sweet duet between Cranston and O’Hara. It just doesn’t get any better than that.
Bill on "True Blood," Sheldon and Amy on "Big Bang Theory," and Mark on "Grey's Anatomy."
By Anna Chan and Ree Hines, TODAY
They're the moments that you can't forget. The ones you end up watching over and over -- whether on your DVR, online or just in your head. They're the best, most memorable TV spots, and scripted TV had no shortage of those unforgettable scenes in 2012.
For prime-time viewers who want to relive the action again -- or for those who missed it the first time around -- check out our list of must-see moments of the year.
'Big Bang Theory' Oh, how Sheldon and Amy's relationship has blossomed! The pair hit a significant milestone in the season five finale when anti-affection Sheldon sweetly held his lady's hand as they watched Howard blast off in to space. That first touching moment has led to a softer side of the theoretical physicist in season six, which has seen Sheldon apply the relationship agreement -- not for his own gain -- and actually cared for Amy when she was sick, instead of walking away and keeping her germs at bay. Go boldly, sweet genius, to where your selfish mind didn't think was necessary for human relations.
'Walking Dead' Bang bang! You're dead! TWICE! Shane's double death in season two's penultimate episode perfectly highlights why AMC's zombie drama is one of the best scripted shows on TV. It propelled the story forward (zombie bites not required for infection, sets up the Ricktatorship), packed a huge emotional punch (Rick kills his BFF, little man Carl kills his former stepdad figure while Rick watches) and was a massive jaw-dropper (THEY KILLED SHANE! Then ZOMBIE Shane!!!). Scripted TV doesn't get much better than that. But we also have to give an honorable mention to Daryl in episode five of season three, when he delivered one of the show's tenderest moments as he cooed to "little ass kicker" while feeding the baby girl.
'Saturday Night Live' "SNL" often finds its best humor in politics, and there's nothing like an election year to really bring out the best of the best. The electoral laughs kicked off on the season premiere, when Bill Hader channeled his inner Clint Eastwood for a chair-centric bit that no doubt had viewers falling out of their seats. Then there was side-splitter where Jason Sudeikis' Mitt Romney tossed a reasonable facsimile of Karl Rove out of his life after the vote didn't go his way. But both of those sketches were topped when one not-so political Muppet stopped by the "Weekend Update" desk after being name-checked in one of the presidential debates. Big Bird didn't get his feathers ruffled over it, but he did get in one zinger: "You know who loves debates? De-fishes. Because fish eat bait!"
'Breaking Bad' Pretty much every episode of season five was great television, but the entire hour of episode five was simply amazing. In "Dead Freight," Walt, Jesse, Mike and Todd pull off a heist of epic proportions: 1,000 gallons of hard-to-obtain meth ingredient methylamine. From a train that the gang stops in its tracks. And without anyone being any the wiser to the massive theft. Even more stunning, it was former loser/drug addict Jesse -- not Walt -- who came up with the brilliant idea of how to pull it off without killing any innocent folks. And the plan went off without a hitch ... until the final jaw-dropping moment.
'True Blood' After a season chock-full of death, mayhem and vampire fundamentalism (and not nearly enough Christopher Meloni), "True Blood" wrapped it up with an expectedly bloody finale -- in a completely unexpected way. Sure, somebody finally downed the last drops of Lilith's ancient, hallucinogenic blood, but who really thought it would be hardcore religious convert Bill Compton? If his eagerness to down all the precious liquid wasn't enough of a shocker, what happened next sure was. Fans of the Bon Temps drama were faced with what appeared to be (gasp!) Vampire Bill's true death, right before they were treated to his true resurrection. (Watch.) Long live Billith! Next summer can't come soon enough.
'Grey's Anatomy' Who didn't need a few tissues in the season eight finale as Lexie lay dying while pinned under debris from the plane crash?! In one of the most bittersweet moments in recent TV memory, Mark and Lexie -- who had broken up in season seven -- confessed their love for each other during her last moments. "We can get married! You're going to be an amazing surgeon. We're going to have two or three kids! ... You and me, we're going to have the best life, Lexie. We're going to be so happy, so you can't die," Mark cried. "Because we're supposed to end up together. We're meant to be." She died a minute later, and he followed in episode two of season nine. (We're choking up again as we type.)
'30 Rock' When the perennially single and never sentimental Liz Lemon decided to finally swap vows with her main man, it was no surprise that she opted for a quickie courthouse affair. "Getting married in a sweatshirt, no bra!" the snarky third-wave feminist declared. It was just what fans of the show expected of her. But before the big event, Liz caught white-wedding, perfect princess fever -- well, at least her version of it. And then, in just the sort of twist on a theme that "30 Rock" does so well, she showed up dressed in her well-worn Princess Leia gown, ready for groom Criss Chros to place a police-auction knuckle-ring on her finger. The groom got a golden grill. Aw. Now that's how a wedding episode should be done!
"Two and a Half Men" star Ashton Kutcher topped the list of Forbes' highest paid TV actors.
Charlie Sheen? Who’s Charlie Sheen? The volatile actor topped our list of the Highest-Paid TV Actors last year with $40 million. This year he’s nowhere to be seen, while the actor who took over his lead role on the hit CBS sitcom "Two and A Half Men" reigns in the No. 1 spot. We estimate that Ashton Kutcher earned $24 million between May 2011 and May 2012.
Kutcher has proven that he can hold his own on the show. "Two and a Half Men" attracts an average of 12.4 million viewers per episode, making it one of the most-watched sitcom on TV. That’s given Kutcher plenty of money to invest in the Silicon Valley startups that have become his passion. Kutcher was an early investor in Skype, Spotify and Airbnb.
The two sides of his life, acting and tech investing, will come together in the upcoming film "Jobs," where Kutcher will play Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.
Sheen isn’t the only member of last year’s top 10 who’s dropped off (though Sheen might return in the future thanks to his great deal on the show "Anger Management"). Steve Carrell, who ranked third last year with $15 million in earnings, left the NBC sitcom "The Office" in 2011, and the world of television, so now he’ll need to prove himself as a movie star. Small movies like "Hope Springs" and "Seeking a Friend at the End of the World" aren’t going to help him compete against the likes of Tom Cruise and Will Smith when it comes to paydays.
The numbers for the Highest-Paid TV Actor list come from our Celebrity 100 research and reflect estimated earnings between May 2011 and May 2012. We do not deduct for manager and agent fees or the other costs of being a celebrity.
Ranking second on our list behind Kutcher are Hugh Laurie and Ray Romano, who both earned $18 million. This is likely the last year for Laurie on the list. His Fox show, "House," ended its eight-year run in May. Laurie will continue to earn from "House" in syndication, but his earnings are set to suffer unless he gets another show or beefs up his movie career.
Romano made a brief return to the small screen with "Men of a Certain Age." The TNT show was critically acclaimed but never attracted a very large audience. TNT canceled it last year after only two seasons. Romano still earns plenty though from reruns of his beloved show "Everybody Loves Raymond" and the "Ice Age" franchise, in which he plays wooly mammoth Manny. The fourth "Ice Age" movie earned $860 million at the global box office.
Alec Baldwin and Mark Harmon tie for fourth place with $15 million each. For years Baldwin has been talking about ending his run on "30 Rock" as the awesome executive Jack Donaghy. Now he’ll get his chance to spread his wings. The ratings-challenged sitcom is in its final season. He’ll next voice a tough-talking Santa Claus in DreamWorks Animation’s "Rise of the Guardians."
"NCIS" might be one of the least hip shows on TV, but it’s still a ratings juggernaut for CBS, attracting an average of 19.7 million viewers per show. Harmon, who got his start on the medical drama "St. Elsewhere," has been happy to stick to TV. He hasn’t appeared in a major movie since "NCIS" debuted in 2003.
Ryan Lochte plus Liz Lemon equals pure comedy gold. New York magazine's website The Cut reports that the Olympic gold medalist and party boy will make a cameo on NBC's "30 Rock" this season, the series' last. So said Lochte on Wednesday night, at a party for shoe designer Brian Atwood to kick off New York Fashion Week.
"I know I have the cameo for '30 Rock' in the morning, and after that, E! And then 'Live With Kelly.' So I’m all over the place," he told The Cut.
"I’m gonna be the one interviewing people, which is going to be totally weird," he said. "It’s going to be a different role, so I’m definitely gonna — it’s gonna be totally different."
Expect the unexpected: this summer in London, Lochte managed to steal the spotlight from Michael Phelps, making as many headlines for his dating habits and unconventional mouthgear as his medals. He was also photographed racing Prince Harry at a Las Vegas hotel pool -- but he missed the party afterward where the flame-haired royal disrobed as seen (or ogled) in photos leaked online.
For the second time in "30 Rock's" six-season run, the show took on the risks and reaped the rewards of a star-studded, live broadcast -- actually two live broadcasts, with a variety of different stars, all in one night.
East Coast fans were treated to an opening and closing cameo from musical legend Paul McCartney, while on the other side of the country, viewers saw reality TV star Kim Kardashian fill that spot.
One of the show's many highlights was a scene spoofing classic news team David Brinkley and Chet Huntley, played first by Jon Hamm and Alec Baldwin and later by Brian Williams and Baldwin. See the clip above for a sample of both versions.
Other must-see scenes? One hilariously over-the-top send-up of "The Honeymooners," a look at television's racially insensitive past, the latest from "Nazi doctor" Spaceman and a variety of surprise appearances from "Saturday Night Live" regular Fred Armisen.
Want to see more of the show? Check out the East vs. West highlights or watch the full episodes on the "30 Rock" website.
Tracy Morgan is in trouble with his mother, who herself is in trouble.
By Randee Dawn, TODAY contributor
Updated at 7 p.m. PT: Tracy Morgan said in a statement to msnbc.com, "I am saddened that these untrue stories about me have people questioning my commitment to my family. For reasons that are between us, I have not seen my mother in 11 years and outside of a random call here and there have had little to no contact with my sister. We all have personal family issues that we have to deal with in life, but I choose to deal with mine in private and not through the media."
Original story: It's only February, and thus far 2012 is not looking like Tracy Morgan's year.
Morgan's mother Alicia Warden lives in Ohio, and she and Tracy are considered estranged -- the Daily News reported last week that she learned of her son's recent hospitalization from the Internet. Warden, 61, lost her job a year ago and according to her daughter Asia Morgan (Tracy's younger sister), "Her health is failing. She has diabetes, and her legs are giving out on her. This would be a drop in the bucket for Tracy. She has a son that can do, and she's done everything that she possibly could for her family."
After being laid off, Warden told the Daily News that she asked for help from her son; one of his employees called back, offering a "one-shot deal" of $2,000. Warden says she owes less than $25,000 on her home.
If Warden fails to make a minimum payment by Feb. 23, the bank has said it will begin foreclosure proceedings. She's already at risk of having her utilities turned off and her car taken away.
"He's never been a nice person," said Asia Morgan of her brother, who Forbes reports is worth $18 million. "And money's just made it worse."
Alec Baldwin shows off his SAG Award on Sunday, Jan. 29.
By Susan C. Young, TODAY.com contributor
After Alec Baldwin gleefully picked up his sixth straight Screen Actors Guild Award for his role as "30 Rock" boss Jack Donaghy on Sunday, he was already busy pitching himself to another sitcom.
According to the LA Times blog, Baldwin told fellow nominees Ty Burrell and Eric Stonstreet of "Modern Family," "You know my show is almost over ... I'm actually pitching myself to you guys."
But is his show almost over?
Last fall NBC negotiated a two-year contract for him that would keep him on the show this season and next -- if the sitcom continues.
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The 2011 season finished with "30 Rock" almost even in the ratings with the now-canceled "Outsourced," and this season has not seen a dramatic jump in viewers for the sitcom. Indeed, NBC head of entertainment, Robert Greenblatt, inherited a shaky house when he took over the reins about a year ago, and he knows he needs to shape up the schedule to try to improve the network's ratings.
But could nuking "30 Rock" early be part of that restructuring?
Greenblatt told TODAY.com he hasn't decided yet if he even wants the comedy on his schedule. "I'll decide by the May upfront," he told us.
It's possible the show -- which has so far survived thanks to its numerous awards and critical praise -- may not have the needed viewers to stay on the schedule for the full renewal.
One thing's for sure: Greenblatt seems to have a limited tolerance for low performers. When asked why he opted to chop "Chuck" and burn off the episodes quickly, including last Friday's double-header finale, he told us, "Have you seen the ratings on 'Chuck? Those rabid fans going crazy on the net didn't come to church. 'Chuck's' time had come."
"Chuck's" finale averaged 4.2 million viewers on Friday, while "30 Rock" grabbed 4.1 million in its timeslot Thursday.
If you haven't come across one of the many "Sh-t 'Somebody' Says" segments popping up online these days, you might want to check your Internet connection.
"Sh-t Girls Say" started the ball rolling and has over 12 million views on YouTube. We laughed. And we laughed some more at "Sh-t Nobody Says." And we laughed at some others, and then we started to get bored and then we didn't give a sh-t what anybody says about anything. Until Liz Lemon came along.
"Sh-t Liz Lemon Says" is just a bunch of "30 Rock" clips strung together into one highlight reel. But it's a happy little reminder of how much we love Tina Fey, and why everything that comes out of her mouth is worth saying.
However, TMZ later posted a statement from Morgan's publicist, Lewis Kay, which said: "Any reports of Tracy consuming alcohol are 100 percent false. From a combination of exhaustion and altitude, Tracy is seeking medical attention."
Morgan was diagnosed with diabetes in 1996. In 2010, he had a kidney transplant.
NBC News and msnbc.com staff contributed to this report.