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Tina Fey Unveils Palin's Next Career Move In Return To SNL (VIDEO)

Huffington Post   First Posted: 06/10/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 05:05 PM ET

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Tina Fey hosted "Saturday Night Live" this week with musical guest Justin Bieber and while the latter's fans likely had no idea what was going on, the former reprised her role as Sarah Palin. Fey, hosting for the second time, dressed in a leather jacket and unveiled Palin's new career path--owning her very own network. It will feature shows such as "Todd!", "Are You Smarter than a Half-Term Governor?" and "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (that's right, SNL firmly landed in Team Coco).

Not only did the sketch mock Palin, her family, and the Republican Party (note the Kenneth the Pag-ing of Bobby Jindal), but it also went after the tea-partiers for their constant misspellings and grammar mistakes in their protest signs.


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Other fake shows included "Hey Journalist, I Gotcha," in which Palin re-edited interviews to make it look like her interviewers -- like CBS' Katie Couric -- were "woefully unprepared." Also touted was a spinoff starring husband Todd Palin (played on "SNL" by cast member Jason Sudeikis) as a renegade police officer transferred from Alaska to New York.

Fey made four appearances in 2008 as Palin, earning her an Emmy last year for guest actor. She was also voted 2008's AP Entertainer of the Year. The 39-year-old comedian said the whole experience was "a little overwhelming," but in a recent interview with The Associated Press, she said reprising Palin was "inevitable."

Shortly before the 2008 election, Palin made a cameo appearance on "SNL" alongside Fey. Afterward, Palin said she had fun on the show and would do it again if asked. In her memoir, "Going Rogue," Palin wrote that she grew up watching "SNL."

Fey, who was a cast member and head writer on "SNL" before leaving to create "30 Rock" on NBC, had plenty of other fodder for her second stint hosting "SNL."

She played a new gum-smacking blond analyst for CBS' coverage of the Masters, claiming to be a former girlfriend of Tiger Woods.

Fey also appeared in a sketch with the show's musical guest, the 16-year-old pop sensation Justin Bieber. Fey played a lonely teacher haunted by sexual fantasies of the young Bieber.

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