Sarah Palin speaks about Tina Fey and being depicted as an 'idiot'

Sarah Palin decided to appear on Saturday Night Live to beat back the impression that she's a dim bulb.

That's what the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee — spoofed on the comedy show by the actress who bears a striking resemblance to her — says in an update to Live from New York, the oral history book about SNL. The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday published an excerpt of the book, which comes out Sept. 9.

"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," Palin is quoted as saying.

The excerpt is chock-full of nuggets about Saturday Night Live's take on politics, including the reaction to Hillary Rodham Clinton's decision to cancel on the show in 2008, the challenge of impersonating President Obama and how Tina Fey came to play Palin. The show in which Palin appeared — with Fey as the Alaska governor conducting a news conference — drew 14 million viewers.

Palin, a former Alaska governor, says in the book that Fey owes her. Here's why:

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!'


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