Morgan Hines USA TODAY Published 1:00 PM EST Jan 18, 2020 “Grace and Frankie” co-stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin recently guest-hosted “The Ellen Show” for the first time, where they were in for a big surprise. The actresses were met with rounds of applause — and then, they were “arrested.” This wasn’t the first…
Published 1:00 PM EST Jan 18, 2020
“Grace and Frankie” co-stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin recently guest-hosted “The Ellen Show” for the first time, where they were in for a big surprise.
The actresses were met with rounds of applause — and then, they were “arrested.”
This wasn’t the first time that Fonda and Tomlin have run into trouble with the law. Both have been arrested for their participation in climate marches.
“Isn’t it great that we’re still having firsts?” Fonda asked Tomlin as they opened the show.
“Well, because of you, I got arrested for the first time,” Tomlin replied.
Fonda had been spearheading weekly climate protests, known as “Fire Drill Fridays,” in Washington, D.C., where she recently moved “to be closer to the epicenter of the fight for our climate.”
Fonda, 82, and others have been arrested several times, whereas Tomlin, 80, has only been arrested once.
“I learned a lot in the slammer,” Tomlin said, which got some laughs on “Ellen.”
“You were in there for two hours!” Fonda replied.
Then amidst their joking around, the audience was hit with a hilarious surprise … the two were apprehended by two “law enforcement officers” on stage.
Tomlin could be heard protesting, “I’m not going back into the slammer!” as the “officers” escorted them off the stage with metal cuffs (as opposed to the zip ties police used to arrest Tomlin in December).
All jokes aside, Fonda explained her love for being part of the movement.
“I’ve heeded the call of (young climate activist) Greta Thunberg, who was just named Time’s person of the year, left my comfort zone, and moved to D.C. to carry out weekly climate actions called Fire Drill Fridays,” she wrote on her blog in December. “When I started, I didn’t know if the actions and the teach-ins that precede them would gain traction. It’s clear to me now that they have.”
Fonda’s final climate protest, at least for a while, took place Jan. 10, as Fonda has stopped the protests to film the final season of “Grace and Frankie” in California.
Season six of “Grace and Frankie” began streaming on Netflix on Jan. 15.
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Contributing: Rasha Ali, Andrea Mandell