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Why didn't Oprah ask Sarah about Tina? Oh wait, she did.

November 16, 2009 |  6:27 pm
SarahskateHow could Oprah Winfrey not ask Sarah Palin about Tina Fey? After all, on "Saturday Night Live," the actress practically defined the former governor for a large part of the country.

Never fear -- though it didn't air, that line of questioning was indeed part of the interview, which the L.A. Times' Mary McNamara described as two "steel-spined divas treating each other with a graciousness Jane Austen would appreciate."

Palin says that while campaigning she didn't see a whole lot of the separated-at-birth Fey (who won an Emmy for parodying her), but confirms that once, spying Fey on TV, "I had the volume down, and I thought it was me!"

She told Oprah that she appeared on SNL to "kind of neutralize" some of the parody. Too bad nobody was able to fully explain it to Tina's confused little daughter, Alice.

But what was it that freaked us out the most about "The Oprah Winfrey Show" today?

We were tripping out when Sarah Jessica Parker uttered, "Oh my God, it's Sarah Palin!" -- in the middle of an interview with, well, Sarah Palin.

Rocket scientist that we are, we quickly realized SJP was not in Oprah's audience at all but rather in Oprah's commercial break -- in a spot for her upcoming movie with Hugh Grant, "Did You Hear About the Morgans?," which takes place mainly in a big Western state, and has jokes about big guns and big bears and Manhattanites stunned by the contents of a big-box store.

Talk about laser-targeting an ad buy.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photos: That's not Tina Fey signing a skateboard in Wasilla, Alaska, back in July. Nor is it Sarah Palin on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" on Tuesday. But we're tired of the blue jacket, and those wheels are a pretty green. Below, a pallet full of copies of "Going Rogue" is forklifted into a Costco in Orem, Utah. Scream, Manhattan, scream. Credits: Al Grillo / Associated Press, top; George Frey / Getty Images, below. 

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