Tina Fey says she “screwed up” in her viral “Saturday Night Live” guest appearance that was focused on last year’s violence in Charlottesville, Va.
“I felt like a gymnast who did like a very solid routine and broke her ankle on the landing,” Fey said of the August “SNL” sketch in an interview with David Letterman released Friday on his Netflix show, “My Next Guest Needs no Introduction.”
In the “Weekend Update” appearance, Fey mocked President TrumpDonald TrumpUkraine's president compares UN to 'a retired superhero' Collins to endorse LePage in Maine governor comeback bid Heller won't say if Biden won election MORE for blaming “both sides” for the violence surrounding the white nationalist rally.
"Donny John comes out and he says that he condemns violence on many sides — on many sides, Colin," she told host Colin Jost.
"And I'm feeling sick because, you know, I've seen 'Raiders of the Lost Arc,' and I wasn't confused by it. No, Colin, Nazis are always bad. I don't care what you say," she added.
Sporting a University of Virginia sweatshirt, Fey quipped that instead of going to counterprotest “alt-right” rallies, people should gorge on cakes with American flags on them.
“Treat these rallies this weekend like the opening of a thoughtful movie with two female leads: don’t show up,” Fey said as she devoured a sheet cake.
“It’s literally within the last, I think, two or three sentences of the piece that I chumped it, and I screwed up, and the implication was that I was telling people to give up and not be active, to not fight. That was not my intention, obviously,” Fey, 47, told Letterman.
“You try your best. You try to have your eyes open. But it’s also a fast-moving train,” Fey said of writing the piece for “SNL.”
“I didn’t want any more people to get hurt,” Fey explained about the violence in Charlottesville, during which 32-year-old Heather Heyer died after a driver plowed into crowds of counterprotesters.
“If I could put one sentence back digitally, I would say fight them in every way except the way that they want,” Fey said.
“I wanted to help, and I chumped it,” she added.
“But at some point I decided, that the culture of apology is not for me,” Fey continued. “I promise, I swear to God, anyone who was mad at me: I hear you and I will learn.
“But I’m also not going to stop trying.”