Tina Fey went on Howard Stern’s show this week to promote her new movie Whiskey Tango Foxtrot and chat about all things Oscar — including why she isn’t here for political speeches.
Fey has had her share of experience on awards night. This year, she told Stern, she was “so glad to live [in New York City]” so she wouldn’t have to constantly deal with actors and their moralizing speeches.
She mocked Adam McKay and Lady Gaga’s use of the Oscars stage to champion their pet causes. “This is some real Hollywood bullshit,” she said to Stern. “Everyone’s telling me what to do. People are yelling at me about rape and corporate greed, but really, it’s climate change.”
“I was like, ‘Guys, pick a lane. Like we’re going to fix everything tonight.’ And also, like, ‘You’re all rich. Why are you yelling at me about corporate greed?'” Fey joked.
Asked about DiCaprio’s speech, Fey had nothing but compliments to give. “I always am psyched when someone is articulate about those things because, let’s face it, actors are very stupid. A lot of times when you let them talk, oof. But he’s so smart, and his speech was so cogent,” she said.
The hilarity continued at the Vanity Fair Oscars party, where she called herself “small potatoes” compared to the A-list actors in the room. “You go in a room and I think it was, like, [photographer] Mark Seliger takes your picture. And there was a gorgeous picture online the next day of Lady Gaga in the photo booth, and she’s like swirling her pants-cape or whatever it was. And the quote was like, ‘I just felt after my performance at the Oscars, I felt like a weight had been lifted, I felt like I could stop hiding.’ And I wanted to be like, ‘Ooh girl, have you been hiding? Because you’ve been doing a terrible job hiding. Because I’ve been seeing you everywhere. You’ve been hiding? OK.'”