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Apr112013

Alec Baldwin Has Mixed Feelings on Hosting Talk Show

FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Earlier this week, The New York Times reported that NBC may hire Alec Baldwin to join its late-night lineup.  While the 30 Rock star hasn't commented specifically on that report, he has left open the possibility of hosting a talk show one day.

In an interview with Baldwin that appears in the current issue of The Hollywood Reporter, the publication, noting that he currently hosts a radio podcast, asks him if he would ever consider launching a talk show.

Baldwin's response: "It depends on the format and who it was for and what the schedule was like.  Those guys that do talk shows have that terrible condition where they have to pretend everybody’s special.  I don’t know if I could do that."

The New York Times report speculated that Baldwin could take over NBC's Last Call, though the network announced on Wednesday that it has renewed the program, and its relationship with current host Carson Daly, for a 13th season.  E! News later reported that NBC is no longer exploring the idea of bringing Baldwin aboard.

Regardless of Baldwin's possible flirtation with NBC's late-night lineup, it seems he's fine with the way the network is handling The Tonight Show switch from Jay Leno to Jimmy Fallon scheduled to take place next year.

He tells The Hollywood Reporter, "Everybody’s time is up.  You know what I mean?  The last time this went on, it became such a third rail for NBC.  They’re so tense about it."

He opines that Fallon will go down as one of the greatest late-night hosts in TV history.

Baldwin does make it clear in the interview that he has no interest in hosting the Oscars again.  Baldwin, who co-hosted the ceremony in 2010 with Steve Martin, says it's a "completely thankless job" and he would "never, never, never" do it again.

He elaborates, "ABC and the Academy, they have no interest in doing a tight, better-produced show.  They are forced, because of economic constraints, to have a flabby, tired show."

The Hollywood Reporter's conversation with Baldwin also touches upon Shia LaBeouf leaving Baldwin's Broadway play Orphans in February, prior to its debut, and then leaking private emails between himself, Baldwin, and the show's director.

Baldwin says he was "very surprised" LaBeouf posted the emails online, adding, "He’s going through whatever he’s going through.  We’ve all been in that situation when we were younger where we want to tell everyone to go kiss off.  We want to be our own man.  And, I mean, I’m older now.  And there does seem to be an inverse proportion to how much experience you have and how much you shoot your mouth off."

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