Alec Baldwin To Host MSNBC Current Events Talk Show
Jack Donaghy is leaving his post as the fictional head of NBC to host his very own talk show.
MSNBC recently announced that Alec Baldwin will host a new culture and current events talk show on the cable network. The hour-long talk show, "Up Late w/ Alec Baldwin," will air Fridays at 10 p.m. and premiere in October. Phil Griffin, president of MSNBC, made the announcement yesterday.
"I've been talking with Alec for a while and can't wait to bring his personality and eclectic interests to MSNBC," Griffin said. "He's got such passion for ideas and what's going on in the world - he's going to be a great addition to our line-up."
The 55-year-old "30 Rock" actor said he has been very interested in hosting his own show.
"After two seasons of my WNYC podcast, I've developed a fondness for hosting a show that involved talking with smart, talented and engaging people in every imaginable field," Baldwin said. "I'm grateful to MSNBC for helping me bring a similar show to television."
Baldwin has hosted his WNYC podcast "Here's The Thing" since 2011, where he's interviewed numerous politicians, policy makers and performers including Republican political strategist Ed Rollins and talk show host David Letterman. Baldwin's portrayal of Jack Donaghy on "30 Rock" has won him two Emmy awards, three Golden Globes and seven SAG awards. He earned his final "30 Rock" Emmy nomination this year. In addition, he was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in 2003's "The Cooler." Baldwin has also hosted "Saturday Night Live" 16 times, the most of any host.
According to Deadline, the idea of an Alec Baldwin talk show came up at last month's Republican National Committee. The RNC was upset about NBC's planned Hillary Clinton miniseries, and ended up voting to block NBC from 2016 presidential primary debates because of the planned miniseries, Deadline writes. Now, NBC says it may not go forward with the Clinton miniseries, but it's official that Baldwin will be having his own talk show.
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