March 2nd, 2011
01:09 PM ET
Stars from Lorne Michaels to Michael Keaton came out to celebrate Alec Baldwin's Museum of the Moving Image honor on February 28, but no one's tribute was more touching than that of his "30 Rock" co-star Tina Fey.
"The part of Jack Donaghy was written for Alec Baldwin," Fey said at the event, according to Vulture.
She added that she auditioned everyone but Baldwin for the role because she didn't have the courage to approach him until more than a year had passed and he was hosting "Saturday Night Live."
"He was having fun with it that week and the sketches were not terrible, thankfully," said Fey, who was an "SNL" writer and performer. "And so Lorne and I said to each other, ‘Should we ask him? Maybe we should just ask him.’ And so I hid and Lorne asked him, and here we are five years and almost a hundred dollars later."
Fey described Baldwin as "a writer’s dream in that he speaks quickly and memorizes well, and other stuff I don’t really understand," and gave kudos to his performance as "30 Rock's" Donaghy. "I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that not since Archie Bunker has there been a television character that my parents agree with so often," she said.
Ultimately, Fey told Baldwin, "Our show would not have gotten on the air without you. It would not have remained on the air without you. I shudder to think what low-rent 'Two and a Half Men' show we would have without you. I guess we might have more money if we had that type of show."
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