Fans of Liz Lemon and her lovably zany ways were left crying “Blerg!” (general Lemon-speak for swearwords) after “30 Rock” ended its seven-year run on Thursday – and viewers weren’t the only ones left feeling a bit verklempt as the show wrapped.
In a farewell video titled “Thank You Tina Fey” posted on the show’s website, members of “30 Rock’s” cast and crew praised the former “Saturday Night Live” star for her skills as a boss and writer, as well as her kindness as a friend and colleague.
Series stars Tracy Morgan and Jane Krakowski — who played TGS’s resident diva actors Tracy Jordan and Jenna Maroney — both began to cry while expressing their gratitude to Tina.
“She has gone through a phase in her career where her light shone so brightly and she shared her light with all of us, which is really sweet,” Jane said in the video, while wiping away tears.
A visibly (and audibly) emotional Tracy added, “She’s a champion.”
Tracy also shared the story of how Tina asked him to join her new series, and recalled how he signed on immediately – no questions asked.
“It was sorta like Bruce Lee when he called Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at five o’clock in the morning and he said, ‘I’m making this movie called ‘Game of Death,’” Tracy explained. “Kareem was sleeping and he said, ‘Word. I’m in,’ and that was it. They spoke about the details later.”
Adding, “So, Tina was like my Bruce Lee.”
-- Erin O’Sullivan