Writer-actress says she didn't fit in with the show's pitching style.

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Oh my God, they killed Kristen Schaal's South Park gig after one month — but, thankfully, the writer-actress lived to tell the tale.

In a new interview with The Daily Beast, the 43-year-old says she landed a dream job writing for the long-running Comedy Central series' 11th season back in 2007, just as her career began to take off thanks to a gig on HBO's Flight of the Conchords. It was her persistence in pitching to the other writers, she says, that led to her termination shortly thereafter.

"I didn't last long. I was there [writing] for like a month and I was told — I got a warning that I was talking too much," the Toy Story and 30 Rock performer told the publication. "I was pitching too much. I'd never been in a writers' room before. So I was just like, let me earn my keep. I was like, 'How about this? How about this? How about this?' And that's not how it works."

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Kristen Schaal reveals why she was fired from 'South Park' after only one month.
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She explained that, because her knowledge of pop culture in general was limited at the time, she wasn't able to meet the other writers at the level they were expecting — particularly when tasked with working on the show's movie parodies.

"I couldn't go there, so I just kept pitching another thing. So looking back, yeah, they let me go. I could do a writers' room now, just for everybody listening, but I was too nervous and too excited to be in there," she said, adding that there's no bad blood between her and South Park co-creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. The career flub even led to love in her personal life.

"When I got the call that I'd been let go, it was devastating," Schaal recalled. "So I was devastated, but I remember I talked to James Bobin, the co-creator of Flight of the Conchords, the day I got fired. We had margaritas. And he was like, 'Ah, f--- it.' He gave me good advice. He said, 'You're going to get fired, you're going to get hired, it's fine.' And then I flew home and — jeez, this year was incredible! — I flew home and then I met my husband [former Daily Show writer Rich Blomquist] on this Adult Swim show called Snake N Bacon that he was executive producing. He asked me on a date. So a lot was shifting."

Representatives for Comedy Central did not immediately respond to EW's request for clarification on Schaal's exit from South Park.

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