Tina Fey, Amy Poehler Respond to Taylor Swift's 'Special Place in Hell' Comment

Both comediennes reacted to the country star's comments about their joke.

ByABC News
March 6, 2013, 12:34 PM

March 6, 2013— -- As Tina Fey and Amy Poehler tell it, Taylor Swift just can't take a joke.

The two comediennes received waves of laughter from the audience when they hosted the Golden Globes in January. Fey got a particularly huge response when she singled out the 23-year-old country music star, saying, "You stay away from Michael J. Fox's son," who served as this year's Mr. Golden Globe -- an award traditionally given to the son of a celebrity who assists at the annual show.

"Or go for it," Poehler jabbed.

"No, you need some 'me' time," Fey said to more applause.

While the 20 million people who tuned into watch the Golden Globes might have thought the joke was funny, as it turns out, Swift was not laughing.

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The seven-time Grammy winner made headlines Tuesday when she told Vanity Fair in an interview for the upcoming April issue that she had some words of her own for the two funny ladies.

In talking about mean girls in general and in response to when Fey and Poehler mocked her at the Golden Globes, Swift told the magazine, "You know, Katie Couric is one of my favorite people because she said to me she had heard a quote that she loved, that said, 'There's a special place in hell for women who don't help other women.'"

The quote is actually a Madeleine Albright original. The former secretary of state said it during a 2006 keynote speech at a WNBA All-Decade team "Celebrating Inspiration" luncheon in New York City.

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Both Fey and Poehler are now saying they were surprised Swift was upset by the joke and that they were just kidding.

Speaking to "Entertainment Tonight" while on the red carpet at the New York City premiere of her new movie, "Admission," on Tuesday night, Fey responded to Swift's comments.

"If anyone was going to get mad at us, I thought it would be James Cameron," Fey, 42, told ET. "I did not see that one coming. It was a joke. It was a lighthearted joke."

The "James Cameron" jab refers to another joke the duo told during their opening monologue at the Golden Globes in which Poehler turned to "Zero Dark Thirty" director Kathryn Bigelow and said: "I haven't really been following the controversy over 'Zero Dark Thirty,' but when it comes to torture, I trust the lady who spent three years married to James Cameron" -- a joke that also received thunderous applause.

When reached for comment, Poehler, 41, told the Hollywood Reporter, "Aw, I feel bad if she was upset. I am a feminist, and she is a young and talented girl. That being said, I do agree I am going to hell. But for other reasons. Mostly boring tax stuff."

Representatives for Fey and Poehler declined to comment to ABC News.

For the record, Michael J. Fox doesn't want Swift dating his 23-year-old son Sam anyway.

At a book party for Ann Leary's "The Good House," the "Back to the Future" actor reportedly told Vulture magazine, "No, No... just back off," when asked if he would approve of the couple dating.

"I don't keep up with it all. But Taylor Swift writes songs about everybody she goes out with, right? What a way to build a career," the magazine reported Fox said.

Swift, who is Vanity Fair's cover girl for the new issue, has earned a reputation for writing songs about her break-ups and famous ex-boyfriends. Over the years, she has been linked romantically with actor Jake Gyllenhaal, singer-songwriter John Mayer, Conor Kennedy, the late President John F. Kennedy's nephew, and most recently with One Direction heartthrob Harry Styles -- the couple split after spending New Years together.

Swift told the magazine in the cover story that it was "frankly a little sexist" for the media to portray her as a "clingy, insane, desperate girlfriend" for writing about "her feelings in a confessional way." She said that honest portrayal of her emotions in song "potentially should be celebrated."

ABC News Radio contributed to this report