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Monday
Dec122011

Airline Pulling '30 Rock’ from Flights Because of Alec Baldwin?

Art Streiber/NBC(FORT WORTH, Texas) -- There have been reports that American Airlines may pull 30 Rock from its roster of in-flight entertainment in the wake of Alec Baldwin’s blow up last week on an AA flight from Los Angeles to New York. That doesn’t seem to be exactly the case. Here’s AA’s official stance:

“NBC routinely rotates programs on and off what is offered on board, and not all programming is the same on every flight,” an AA rep said in a statement to ABC News. “At this time, 30 Rock continues to air on some of our flights, but not others, which is our standard programming procedure.”

Asked if the move had anything to do with the Baldwin incident, the rep said, “Absolutely nothing. All this was in motion months ago, as part of our regular entertain[ment] rotations.”

Earlier Monday, E! News reported that the American Airlines Flight Attendants Union had lodged its own bid with management to get Baldwin’s show off AA’s airwaves. AA’s rep told ABC News, “There have been some discussions about all this, but I don’t know that we can call this a ‘formal’ request.”

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Sunday
Dec112011

Alec Baldwin Pokes Fun of American Airlines Incident on ‘SNL’

Art Streiber/NBC/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After Alec Baldwin was kicked off an American Airlines flight last week, the actor returned to familiar territory this weekend on the set of Saturday Night Live to try and make amends and get a few laughs along the way.

Baldwin made a surprise visit to the show on Saturday—his first public appearance since being removed from a flight last week for refusing to stop playing Words with Friends on his phone.

He appeared on “Weekend Update” with Seth Meyers, posing as the flight’s airline pilot.

In character, Baldwin issued an “apology” and referred to himself as an “American treasure.”

“I am ashamed at the way he was treated. I mean, what harm would it do to let him keep playing his game…not just any game, mind you, but a word game for smart people,” he said in character.

Last week, Baldwin said via Twitter that his love for a Scrabble-like iPhone game got him “reamed out” and forced off the American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to New York.

Baldwin’s rep said the dispute with American escalated to the point that the 30 Rock star was asked to leave the plane.

Later in the week, the actor apologized to his fellow passengers but not the airlines in a Huffington Post article.

“It was never my intention to inconvenience anyone with my ‘issue’ with a certain flight attendant,” Baldwin wrote in article posted on the Huffington Post.

American Airlines responded after being blasted by Baldwin.

“Since an extremely vocal customer has publicly identified himself as being removed from an American Airlines flight on Tuesday, Dec. 6, we have elected to provide the actual facts of the matter,” the airline posted on its Facebook page. “This passenger declined to turn off his cell phone when asked to do so at the appropriate time.”

“The passenger ultimately stood up (with the seat belt light still on for departure) and took his phone into the plane’s lavatory. He slammed the lavatory door so hard, the cockpit crew heard it and became alarmed, even with the cockpit door closed and locked,” American wrote.

The airlines said after flight attendants were asked to check on the situation, “the passenger was extremely rude to the crew, calling them inappropriate names and using offensive language. Given the facts above, the passenger was removed from the flight and denied boarding.”

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Wednesday
Dec072011

Alec Baldwin Apologizes to Fellow Passengers for Plane Incident

Art Streiber/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Actor Alec Baldwin apologized to his fellow American Airlines passengers in an online post Wednesday, but not to “the 1950′s gym teacher” or other members of the plane crew that forced him to leave a flight Tuesday.

“It was never my intention to inconvenience anyone with my ‘issue’ with a certain flight attendant,” Baldwin wrote in article posted on The Huffington Post.

Baldwin said earlier via Twitter that his love for a Scrabble-like iPhone game got him “reamed out” and forced off the American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to New York.

“Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving,” Baldwin tweeted Tuesday afternoon, along with the hashtag, “#nowonderamericaairisbankrupt”

Baldwin’s rep said the dispute with American went so far that the 30 Rock star was asked to leave the plane.

Baldwin said he’s been a loyal American Airlines customer for more than two decades and the frustration and confusion started when he was already on board a behind-schedule flight.

“I then did what I have nearly always done and that was to pull out my phone to complete any other messaging I had to do before take off,” Baldwin wrote in The Huffington Post article. “In nearly all other instances, the flight attendants seemed to be unbothered by and said nothing about such activity, by me or anyone else, until we actually were pulling away from the gate.”

Baldwin said he was “singled out” by a flight attendant and felt that he was being made an example of, “while everyone else was left undisturbed.”

American Airlines battled back Wednesday after being blasted by Baldwin the previous day.

“Since an extremely vocal customer has publicly identified himself as being removed from an American Airlines flight on Tuesday, Dec. 6, we have elected to provide the actual facts of the matter,” the airline posted on its Facebook page. “This passenger declined to turn off his cell phone when asked to do so at the appropriate time.”

“The passenger ultimately stood up (with the seat belt light still on for departure) and took his phone into the plane’s lavatory. He slammed the lavatory door so hard, the cockpit crew heard it and became alarmed, even with the cockpit door closed and locked,” American wrote.

The airlines said after flight attendants were asked to check on the situation, “the passenger was extremely rude to the crew, calling them inappropriate names and using offensive language. Given the facts above, the passenger was removed from the flight and denied boarding.”

Baldwin said the incident has taught him a valuable lesson.

“The lesson I’ve learned is to keep my phone off when the 1950′s gym teacher is on duty. That was my fault there, even though this trip was quite a bit different from so many others,” Baldwin wrote in the post. “But it is sad, I think, that you’ve got to fly overseas today in order to bring back what has been thrown overboard by U.S. carriers in terms of common sense, style and service.”

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Tuesday
Dec062011

Alec Baldwin Reprimanded on American Airlines Flight

Art Streiber/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Alec Baldwin’s love for a Scrabble-like iPad game got him “reamed out” on an American Airlines flight Tuesday.

“Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving,” he tweeted Tuesday afternoon, along with the hashtag, “#nowonderamericaairisbankrupt”

He added in a separate tweet, “#theresalwaysunited,” and then added again, “But, oddly, 30 Rock plays inflight on American.”

American Airlines didn’t respond to ABC News’ request for comment but did respond to the actor via twitter: @AlecBaldwin Mr. Baldwin, we are looking into this. Please DM (direct message) us contact information.” Reps for Baldwin declined to comment on the incident.

Tweets about the 30 Rock star getting kicked off an American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to New York began circulating Tuesday afternoon. The passenger who tweeted that he saw Baldwin getting kicked off, author Grant Cardone, said he was “told by an AA authority” that the actor was booted because he “Didn’t have his Capitol One Card and [was] Abusive to attendant.” (Baldwin appears in Capital One credit card commercials.)

Baldwin’s temper has gotten the better of him before. In 2007, he infamously left a voicemail for his young daughter calling her a “rude, thoughtless little pig.” He later apologized and wrote a book inspired by the incident.

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Monday
Sep262011

Alec Baldwin Sets 'SNL' Hosting Record, Defends 'Schweddy Balls'

Dario Cantatore/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- On Saturday night's season debut of Saturday Night Live, Alec Baldwin broke Steve Martin's record for hosting SNL when he walked on stage for the 16th time.

Baldwin announced the feat in his opening monologue, prompting Martin and Seth Rogen to walk onstage and ask the 30 Rock star to provide a urine sample to make sure he hasn't used any "steroids or performance-enhancing drugs" to take the title.

Baldwin also addressed the controversy stemming from "Schweddy Balls," the new Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavor named in honor of one of Baldwin's SNL characters. The product has drawn protest from a family group called A Million Moms, which believes the "vulgar" flavor's double entendre is inappropriate for store shelves.

Baldwin addressed the group, saying "If you don't like Schweddy Balls, Ben & Jerry's has a new ice cream flavor, just for you.  It's called 'Go Fudge Yourself.'"

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Thursday
Sep222011

Alec Baldwin Goes On Twitter Tirade

Art Streiber/NBC(NEW YORK) -- 30 Rock star Alec Baldwin has been tweeting about the execution of convicted cop killer Troy Davis since Wednesday night.

His tweets have turned into a long-winded rant about subjects as removed from Davis as former Vice President Dick Cheney, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and conservative author Michelle Malkin. For example: "When do Cheney and Rumsfeld go on trial for murder? Will that trial be in Texas? Georgia?"

"I wonder if @michellemalkin will push the needle in herself on a man the former FBI director said might have reasonable doubt on his side"

Thursday morning he tweeted, "Troy Davis is still dead. The gulf, still contaminated. Fukushima, still radioactive. Iraq, war."

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Monday
Sep192011

Alec Baldwin Dropped from Emmys Opening Due to Edited News Corp. Joke

Dario Cantatore/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Sunday's Emmy Awards telecast on Fox opened with a video in which Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy played the fictional "President of Television." Alec Baldwin originally taped that role, but he was dropped at his request after a joke concerning Fox's parent company, News Corp., was edited out, according to Deadline.com.

The joke in question poked fun at News Corp. honcho Rupert Murdoch and the British phone-hacking scandal that involves his now-defunct tabloid, News of the World. After learning that the joke would be cut, Baldwin asked that he not be included in the segment because, Deadline reports, he thought the edit would negatively affect the quality of the video. Fox tells Deadline it made the decision because it did not want to appear as if it wasn't taking the scandal seriously.

Baldwin referenced the report on his Twitter feed prior to the telecast, writing, "Fox did kill my NewsCorp hacking joke. Which sucks bc I think it would have made them look better. A little." He has since denied media suggestions that he skipped the Emmys because of the edit, stating that he had a commitment to appear at a Tony Bennett birthday gala in New York.

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Thursday
Sep082011

Ben & Jerry's Debuts 'SNL'-Inspired 'Schweddy Balls' Ice Cream

Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Ben & Jerry's(SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt.) -- Ben & Jerry's has immortalized musicians and other entertainers with its ice cream flavors like "Cherry Garcia" and "Phish Food," as well as "Stephen Colbert's Americone Dream," but the company's newest creation looks to Saturday Night Live for its inspiration.

The naughty-sounding "Schweddy Balls" ice cream gets its name from an SNL sketch featuring Alec Baldwin's Pete Schweddy character discussing his irresistible family dessert with a pair of NPR hosts, played by Ana Gastayer and Molly Shannon.

The double entendre-loaded skit became a classic, so much so that in a statement about the new ice cream flavor, Baldwin joked, "For a long time, I thought that 'Here Lies Pete Schweddy' would end up on my tombstone."

The 30 Rock star seems happy to pass the mantle, saying, "Now, thanks to Ben & Jerry's, the goodness of the Schweddy family recipe won't go with me to the great beyond.  It is immortalized here, right now, and it's an ice cream."

For the record, the limited-run flavor is described as "Fair Trade vanilla ice cream with a hint of rum and is loaded with fudge covered rum and milk chocolate malt balls."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Aug112011

Alec Baldwin Plans to Run for Mayor of NYC

Dario Cantatore/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Alec Baldwin may not be ready to run for political office now, but when he is, he's already got his prize picked out.

In an interview with The New York Times, Baldwin says he wants to run for mayor of New York City, though he probably will sit out the 2013 election due to his commitment to 30 Rock.

The 53-year-old actor, who intends to leave the NBC comedy after the upcoming season, says he's talking with two top universities about enrolling in a master's program in politics and government in order to help him "better understand what the fiscal imperatives of that job are."

Baldwin isn't worried that his past personal problems, including the voicemail leaked in 2007 in which he called his then-11-year-old daughter a "rude, thoughtless little pig," will hurt his chances of becoming mayor.

He concedes, "What I do for a living has provided people with an almost bottomless container of video clips of me doing the most asinine things."

Baldwin says he plans to establish a permanent residence in New York City before he runs for mayor.  His legal residence is on his native Long Island, but he has an apartment in Manhattan.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Aug032011

Life After Baldwin: Will '30 Rock' Survive?

Dario Cantatore/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Just because Alec Baldwin has made it known he's looking to leave 30 Rock after this upcoming season, that doesn't mean Tina Fey and company are leaving with him.

Executive producer Lorne Michaels tells New York magazine's Vulture website that he "really can't" see the show ending anytime soon, with or without Baldwin.

"I can't imagine doing the show without Alec, but I couldn't imagine doing [Saturday Night Live] without Chevy [Chase], and we're still on the air," he said.

"It's got a lot of life and vitality and we all want to keep it going."

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