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Sarah Palin: I ‘Hated’ That SNL ‘Portrayed Me as an Idiot’

Live from New York, the 2002 oral history of Saturday Night Live from writers Tom Shales and James Miller is about to drop a new edition that adds 200 pages of new material, including plenty of interviews surrounding 2008’s political material and the sensation that was Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin impression.


In an excerpt released by The Hollywood Reporter, Palin shares her reaction to Fey’s portrayal of her and the reasons behind her decision to ultimately appear on the show herself:

“I think SNL is egotistical if they believe that it was truly an effect on maybe the public debate about who should lead the country in the next four years.”

“I know that they portrayed me as an idiot, and I hated that, and I wanted to come on the show and counter some of that.”

“If I ran into Tina Fey again today, I would say: ‘You need to at least pay for my kids’ braces or something from all the money that you made off of pretending that you’re me! My goodness, you capitalized on that! Can’t you contribute a little bit? Jeez!'”

Read the full excerpt, which includes quotes from Lorne Michaels, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey and more at hollywoodreporter.com.

Watch the real Palin make her “surprise” appearance on SNL below, via Yahoo:

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