At Tina Fey’s request, NBCUniversal has pulled several episodes of “30 Rock” from their streaming service Peacock and from syndication. The four episodes Fey requested to be pulled all contained characters that appeared in blackface. She said it was best they be ‘taken out of circulation” and apologized.
“As we strive to do the work and do better in regards to race in America, we believe that these episodes featuring actors in race-changing makeup are best taken out of circulation. I understand now that ‘intent’ is not a free pass for white people to use these images. I apologize for pain they have caused. Going forward, no comedy-loving kid needs to stumble on these tropes and be stung by their ugliness. I thank NBCUniversal for honoring this request,” Fey wrote.
The network says they’ll no longer be available for purchase and Hulu and Amazon have already removed them from streaming as well.
According to Variety, the episodes in question are from seasons 3, 5 and 6.
The episodes in question are “Believe In The Stars” (season 3, episode 2) and “Christmas Attack Zone” (season 5, episode 10), both of which featured Jane Krakowski’s character Jenna in blackface, as well as “Live from Studio 6H” (season 6, episode 19), which featured Jon Hamm in blackface as part of an “Amos ‘n’ Andy” parody, and the East Coast version of “The Live Show” (season 5, episode 4).