"If there's any way you could convince her, that would be great," he laughed.
"I think they know what they're doing," she said.
Instead, Fey is now huddled with her partner Robert Garlock developing pilots for shows she wouldn't appear in. (She said she would "love" to star in a new series sometime, "but it just seemed like good manners to sit out a season or two.")
Meanwhile, Michaels is kicking off a new season of the show he says consumes some 80 percent of his time, and insists he has no plans to step away.
Understood. But at age 68, and after decades running the comedy juggernaut he launched in 1975, doesn't he get a little tired of the grind?
"VERY tired of it!" he hastily replied. "But then that music starts at 11:30, and you remember it's a very exciting place to be!"
EDITOR'S NOTE — Frazier Moore is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. He can be reached at email@example.com and at http://www.twitter.com/tvfrazier.