Tina Fey responds to alleged McDonald's product placement on '30 Rock'

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Jack Donaghy’s loving ode to the McFlurry in last night’s episode of 30 Rock has gotten the blogosphere in a tizzy — has Tina Fey’s Emmy-winning sitcom completely sold out to egregious product placement? According to Ms. Fey, the answer is a resounding no. Fey issued this statement to finally put McFlurry-gate ’09 to rest:

“It gives me great pleasure to inform you that the references to McDonald’s in last night’s episode of 30 Rock were in no way product placement.  (Nor were they an attempt at product placement that fell through.)  We received no money from the McDonald’s Corporation.  We were actually a little worried they might sue us.   That’s just the kind of revenue-generating masterminds we are. 

Also, the upcoming story line where Liz Lemon starts dating Grimace is just based on a recurring dream I have.

Seriously, though, it’s not product placement.

Also, whoever is writing my Twitter account is pretty funny, but it’s not me.”

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  • Hamburglar

    Who cares – it was hilarious!

  • Lucas

    geesh. would folks rather that shows go back to the old school of making up fake companies and such. what after that, married couples sleeping in twin beds and saying golly gee instead of cursing.

  • reina

    Is she for real about that twitter thing? Lame. Then again, Twitter is probably the most useless thing since lava lamps.

    • zick

      Wrong. Lava lamps entertain.

  • cg

    I think the only folks who thought it was product placement are people whodon’t watch the show. It was just darn funny. What, no complaints about the generalissimo and Mickey D coffee. Go watch another show!

  • blake

    i am a hhuge 30 rock, but i honestly think its been a little stale lately, selma hayek or whatever is so boring on the show, get back to actually showing whats going on at 30 rock

  • couchgrouch

    yeah, it was really funny. fake companies take you right out of the show like those 555 phone numbers.

  • Lora

    I never even thought that the multiple McFlurries in the episode were product placements. For some reason, McFlurry is a funny dessert, so it just seemed appropriate to me.

  • Mister F

    I hope McDonald’s doesn’t sue. I haven’t been there in years, but I’m itching for a McFlurry myself after watching the episode.

  • Lisa

    Reina: yes, she’s for real, because someone is impersonating her with a Twitter account of the name tinafey, and Us Magazine actually recently quoted it as if it were her. Some of her fans have actually wondered if it’s really her or not (most of us figured it wasn’t and don’t really read it), so she’s just setting the record straight.

  • reina

    If McFlurry’s weren’t the most delicious dessert ever, then I might be suspicious.

  • Wade

    honestly, I’ve been craving a McFlurry ever since I saw the episode last night…bastards!

  • melanie

    Well, I love Tina, but that is a bit hard to believe. I couldn’t believe it when they were saying that McFlurry was the best dessert ever invented (blizzards are so much better , though, right?) Then they even went to McDonald’s at the end! Can we get a break from commercialism, even if it’s not necessarily payed for?

  • Matt

    I got my first McFlurry in years today and I believe its because of 30 Rock and I also have been drinking lots of Snapple thanks to that episode in season 1

  • Mar

    I hate that, regardless of intention, it has made me crave a McFlurry.

  • Stacey

    No matter what, I think we all can agree that McFlurries are DELICIOUS.

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