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Alec Baldwin Admits Being 'Unprepared' for TV Talk Show

Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Alec Baldwin is making the transition from actor to podcast host to talk show host thanks to a new weekly current events talk show on MSNBC titled, Up Late with Alec Baldwin. After honing his hosting skills with a public radio podcast, Here’s the Thing, Baldwin is ready for the small screen, but he's finding the change hard.

"The podcast was like shooting baskets in the park compared to this,” Baldwin told Politico of creating his new talk show. "...I was unprepared for how difficult that would be."

“The only drawback -- the only legitimate drawback -- is that we’re putting it together very quickly,” Baldwin continued. “Once we cemented this deal, then we had a race to do all these things that are the particulars of TV: Build a set and get all of that up and going, which I must say was this really monumentally difficult task to get it ready by Oct. 11, which was their goal."

Baldwin has a very concrete idea of what he wants his show to be, an in-depth conversation on the latest culture headlines. Still, Baldwin also knows what his show won't be. "I don’t want it to be something like The Daily Show. We’re never going to do that," he explained. "...I don’t think it’ll ever be a show you’d see on Comedy Central. We’re not going to go for those laughs. Other people are doing that, and they’re cleaning up in the process...and I have no desire to compete with that at all."

Baldwin says he will also focus on interviews that get beyond the surface. Criticizing the press, Baldwin said, "...They ask me the same stuff or someone just clicked on the Internet and asked the Top Five things on Google. It was a very tedious format, and the entertainment press is just the worst of all. Ninety percent of them are just going through the motions. They don’t really care....I want to do a show that was more like how I would like to be treated if I were the guest on a show."

Up Late with Alec Baldwin
premieres Friday at 10 p.m. ET/PT on MSNBC.

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