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Tina Fey Knows How Women Will Break Into Late Night Television (Video)

“30 Rock” creator tells Seth Meyers on “Late Night” that it’s all about the jacket

Tina Fey loves late night television. But even more than she loves the monologues and the hosts, she loves what’s come to be known as the “late night wars.” With all the host shuffling that’s gone on this year, it’s like her fantasy football.

“I love reading about it. I love talking about it, because I feel like I kind of know the players, but it doesn’t affect me at all,” Fey admitted on “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” She did work with both Meyers and “Tonight Show” host, Jimmy Fallon, on “Saturday Night Live.”

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As a woman, though, she also thinks about the lack of women in late night. But she has a theory as to how they’re finally going to break through. “A lot of times, these hosts, they get their job when they’re like 35 or 40 and they keep them until they’re  65,” she said. “So I was like, if you’re a lady, what do you wear?”

“If you go in with a cocktail dress, and then you’re 45, you’re 50,” Fey continued. “Then there’s gonna come a day when you go, ‘I don’t got it. Bring me the jacket.” It’s all about the look, apparently, and men can wear suits until the day they die. Women’s styles change so drastically through the years, and even as they age, that it would be impossible to nail down a consistent look.

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But that’s why Fey believes she knows who’s going to make it. “I think Ellen [Degeneres] is gonna be the first person to break through,” she said. “Because she’s already wearing jackets.”