Alec Baldwin on '30 Rock' future: 'I really do want to move on to other things'

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Alec Baldwin is preparing for life after 30 Rock, working with New York public radio on an interview show that will be available via podcast starting Oct. 24. The first interview posted will be with actor Michael Douglas, who talks about watching Glee with his young daughter. Other interviews to follow will be with Republican campaign strategist Ed Rollins, reality-show celebrity Kris Kardashian Jenner, comic Chris Rock, actress Kathleen Turner, author Erica Jong and veteran talk-show host Dick Cavett, station WNYC said Thursday.

Baldwin said that he’s been exploring other things to do, knowing that his small-screen life as crazed corporate executive Jack Donaghy is heading toward its end. Baldwin has won Emmys for his comic portrayal of a TV network boss. He said he likes to use his spare time to satisfy the need to do other things.

His mixture of guests on the radio show will take in several fields, although he leans toward fellow entertainers. Baldwin said he’s particularly interested in talking with show-biz veterans about the directions their careers have taken and how they keep the juices flowing.

He’s an admitted “public radio junkie” who has filled in on the air for New York’s WNYC and also helped with fund drives. After his on-air work as a substitute host for Kurt Andersen, both Baldwin and WNYC were interested in doing something more, said Dean Cappello, senior vice president for programming at New York public radio. “Alec is one of our hometown guys,” he said.

New interviews will be available about once a week. Cappello said he expects they will eventually be made into an on-air radio show, but those plans aren’t set yet.
Baldwin said his 30 Rock contract ends after the upcoming sixth season, which will begin with Donaghy “in agony” because his wife is being held captive in North Korea. There’s a possibility the show might be extended another year, but he said he’s not sure whether he wants to do it.

“I might,” he said. “I wouldn’t want to prevent them from having another year, because they’re all my friends and they’ve been good to me. Maybe I would do a piece of the year. But I really do want to move on to other things.”

His 30 Rock work has led to movie offers he wants to explore. Baldwin, 53, has also talked about getting into politics someday, but that would require a transformation that would take time. “I have to finish what I’m doing now and separate these two parts of my life,” he said. “I haven’t really formalized that. It’s like the difference between going to Jon Stewart and Jim Lehrer. The jokes have to stop, everything has to be on the record.”

No one appreciates the run he’s been on better than Baldwin. “The life I have now is not going to get any better,” he said. “I have a great job. Everybody thinks I’m funny. I’m fooling everybody. They think I’m talented. I’m pulling the wool over everybody’s eyes and they’re paying me for it. It’s thrilling.”

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  • BLM

    I love Alec! He’s a great comedic performer–no one makes me laugh harder on 30 Rock than him. It’ll be interesting to see what he chooses to do next.

    • Stacie

      I agree that I love him as a comedic performer, but have a low tolerance for his politics.

      • ranliao

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  • Michael

    My guess is that “30 Rock” will go to season 7 and he’ll stick around for it. It already sounds like he’s starting to change his stance on his earlier remarks about doing just one more season

    • O’Brien

      I agree. I mean, before “30 Rock,” Alec Baldwin’s career had taken a real downturn. Add his very ugly divorce, and he had lost a lot of his prior relevance. He knows he owes something to these people, and he doesn’t seem like a major, self-entited jerk, so I think he’ll suck it up, even if he doesn’t want to.

    • Joel

      My first reaction is to say “No Basinger will not see a psych. The only puprsoe of the Family Court psych is to find a way to make the father seem evil.” That is the emotional reaction to the thing.The facts are a bit tougher. Some family court psych are indeed there with the express puprsoe of making the father seem evil, there can be no doubt of that. Some, on the other hand, are doing everything in their power to be as fair as is possible. Some judges try to be fair; others are trying to hurt the father, a very few are trying to hurt the mother. It is a complex and nasty system as it currently exists.The system needs an overhaul.

  • Nate

    He’s been talking about leaving since Season 1, so I wouldn’t put too much stock in any of his statements.

    • Erin

      Exactly. Until he actually walks away, I’m not going to pay much attention to this

    • lucy2

      I was thinking the same thing. I get wanting to explore other things, but that show has brought him tons of awards, refreshed his career, and I’m guessing pays pretty well (esp. now with syndication). I can’t imagine why he wouldn’t just stick it out to the end, and I bet he will. I hope so at least, I love his work on the show.

  • SANDY

    Yeah, Baldwin .. run for office .. we need another loser in Washington .

  • Craig Livingstone

    Please, do move on and take that no talent Tracey back to the zoo.

  • Jaded

    I really love Alec Baldwin as an actor and I initially found him hilarious on Twitter, but he has increasingly felt the need to go on political rants that I find super irritating. I can handle the fact that he has differing political viewpoints from mine. What I can’t handle is his incessant need to insult those with differing viewpoints and his almost constant climbing on the soapbox. I followed him on twitter because I found him to be entertaining, not because I need to hear his political views. America’s situation is stressful and irritating enough without having an “entertainer” call even more attention to it.

  • outside agitator

    I love 30 Rock but it doesn’t have 2 more seasons left. wrap it up before it becomes The Office

  • Dumbledore Fluffernutter

    Baldwin’s a hothead- we should all know this by now. He does have talent though.

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    my best friend’s mom makes $77 an hour on the computer. She has been out of job for 9 months but last month her check was $7487 just working on the computer for a few hours. Read about it here LazyCash2.. cöm

  • Elizabeth

    He doesn’t have to be there all the time. Just not sure who could replace him. Liz will always need that touchstone and I’m not sure who could fill Jackie D’s shoes…

  • wickEd

    If Baldwin leaves they should get Charlie Sheen to replace him, as an executive after nervous breakdown.

    or buy Ari’s Gold character from HBO, and signup Piven.

    both would have an awesome dynamic with Liz Lemon.

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