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Tina Fey Responds To Taylor Swift's Upset Over Dating Jibes: 'It Was A Joke'

06/03/2013 16:01 GMT

Tina Fey has revealed she was surprised Taylor Swift took her Golden Globes jibes to heart, after the 'I Knew You Were Trouble' singer made it clear she didn't find Fey and Amy Poehler's joke about her love life very funny.

Swift told Vanity Fair magazine she loves the quote "There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.”

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And added: "For a female to write about her feelings, and then be portrayed as some clingy, insane, desperate girlfriend in need of making you marry her and have kids with her, I think that's taking something that potentially should be celebrated - a woman writing about her feelings in a confessional way ... and twisting it into something that is frankly a little sexist."

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Swift's defence of her love life and lyrics came after the '30 Rock Star' teasingly told 23-year-old Swift to "stay away" from Michael J. Fox's son and suggested she could benefit by taking some time off dating celebrities to "learn about herself" during her Golden Globes presenting role.

Poehler dryly said Swift should "go for it" and add the younger Fox to her ever-expanding list of famous and semi-famous ex-boyfriends.

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

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Swift, who recently split up with Harry Styles, told Vanity Fair she was wrongly portrayed as a woman who had dated lots of men.

"If you want some big revelations, since 2010 I have dated exactly two people," said Taylor, who had a brief relationship with Conor Kennedy before she hooked up with One Direction's Harry said.

"The fact that there are slideshows of a dozen guys that I either hugged on a red carpet or met for lunch or wrote a song with... It's just kind of ridiculous," she added.

A selection of some of Fey and Poehler's Golden Globes one-liners...

Fey & Poehler's Golden Globes Zingers