Tina Fey couldn’t be there for Lindsay Lohan’s “Saturday Night Live” comeback.
The comedy goddess — who cast LiLo in her 2004 movie “Mean Girls” and has since functioned as a one-woman cheering section for the trouble doll — was conspicuously absent from the 25-year-old actress’ return to NBC’s fabled Studio 8H.
Although one source familiar with the situation says the “30 Rock” creator declined Lohan’s personal invitation to witness her performance, Fey’s spokeswoman says, “Tina was committed to doing the monologue with Lindsay but both of her children got sick.”
“She was unable to participate as planned,” the rep adds.
An insider says Fey was well into a draft of an opener that would have featured her and Lohan but had to unexpectedly pull out of the broadcast.
Oddly enough, Lohan’s monologue was the strongest part of her “SNL” performance, but Fey’s spokeswoman could not give us an answer as to whether any of the lines that LiLo spoke were crafted by the former “SNL” head writer.
While Jimmy Fallon and Jon Hamm appeared on-camera with Lohan and Paul Rudd cheered on the actress from the green room, Fey was not in the house.