Stars of the hit Netflix comedy “Grace and Frankie” Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin stop by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Tuesday to chat about the new season, turning 80, and working on a potential sequel to “9 to 5”.
Fonda tells DeGeneres that she changed the idea for their 1980 satirical office comedy after seeing Tomlin’s live-show, and reveals that they have plans to make a follow-up. “We have people writing it,” says Fonda.
The film, which stars Fonda, Tomlin, and Dolly Parton as female secretaries who decide to overthrow their tyrannical, sexist boss, was voted number 74 on the American Film Institute’s “100 Funniest Movies” in 2005.
Later in the show, DeGeneres asks Tomlin how she plans to celebrate her upcoming 80th birthday. The Emmy-winning actress jokes that she will be keeping things low key by flying 50-60 friends to Morocco and selling the photos.
“I hope you can come,” she tells Fonda, “because you being in the picture makes the money better.”
Tomlin also talks about receiving an offer from Time magazine in 1975 to put her on the front cover and have her come out as gay. “It was a hard decision to make,” she explains. “So I fell down on the side of… probably after what [DeGeneres] went through, probably good sense.”
“I just decided that I wasn’t going to play their game… and I wanted to be recognized for my performance, and I can see in retrospect that was hardly worth it,” Tomlin quips.
The two Netflix stars also discuss the upcoming fifth season of “Grace and Frankie,” revealing their new mantra for the show is “f**k it.” That leads to an in-depth discussion of one of the show’s plotlines which includes sex toys for older women.
Then, to put their newfound attitude to the test, DeGeneres invites Fonda and Tomlin to play a game called “Lily and Jane DGAF,” which sees them answering questions as honestly as possible, including the person they’d like to do a love scene with.
“Liam Neeson,” says Fonda without hesitation, “… or Blake Shelton.”
“Grace and Frankie” Season 5 launches on Netflix January 18th.