tina fey, colin quinn, snl, c-word, saturday night live, 30 rockIt's part of "30 Rock" lore that the episode "The C Word," in which Lutz (John Lutz) uses the titular terrible epithet in reference to Liz Lemon (Tina Fey), was inspired by an actual encounter between Fey and a previously-unnamed male writer on the "Saturday Night Live" staff. Now, Fey has revealed his identity, but says they've long since buried the hatchet over the offensive incident.

In an interview with Howard Stern in promotion of her new movie, "Sisters," Fey said that it was former Weekend Update anchor Colin Quinn who used that horrible word during a heated (and one-sided) phone call while she was the head writer on "SNL."

"I was trying to help him with a show that he was working on, and I think his anxiety about the writing of the show spilled over," Fey told Stern about the incident. "'Cause It was very random. I was like, 'What?!' He left me a message and he said that. ... I couldn't even guess why. Usually, if someone calls you that, you're like, 'I know what I did.'"

But according to the actress, the two have long since patched things up. Fey said she even asked Quinn several times to appear on "30 Rock," though he turned her down. And they recently ran into each other at the "SNL" 40th anniversary celebration, Fey told Stern, "and we're good."

"I love him so much," Fey said of the actor.

Quinn later took to Twitter to confirm Fey's account, adding that he was in the wrong in the situation and had apologized for his hurtful word(s).

We're glad Quinn saw the error of his ways. At least we got a great episode of television out of the awkwardness.

[via: The Howard Stern Show]