In an interview with the ladies on “The View,” Alec Baldwin stated that he had plans to quit television and leave the country for an unspecified amount of time.
“He is leaving the country,” O’Donnell told a stunned audience, says a source. [It was not clear if it was for vacation or an extended period of time.] She said she advised Baldwin against doing the interview. During the session, to air Friday, Baldwin apologized for his tirade against his daughter. He also explained how he wants out of the TV business:
“I have been in the business for over 27 years and I don’t care if I do anything else in TV ever again.”
Um, HELL TO THE NAH! I just got over the trauma of worrying that “30 Rock” might possibly not be renewed for another season, because Tracy Morgan loves driving drunk and I seem to be one of the few people actually watching the show, and now THIS. I say no.
NBC’s reaction to this news after the jump…
A transcript of “The View” interview with Alec Baldwin had him sounding like he wanted to disappear completely from the public eye…permanently.
“If I never acted again I couldn’t care less,” Baldwin said in a pre-taped appearance for ABC’s “The View,” scheduled to air Friday.
Baldwin felt that his leaving “30 Rock” would be the best option, so that all of those individuals working for the show would not “be hurt by the situation.” I think he got confused and accidentally took advice that was meant for Britney Spears. However, NBC was going to damned, if they were going to let what is arguably one of strongest talents on “30 Rock” slip away so easily.
“Alec Baldwin remains an important part of `30 Rock.’ We look forward to having him continue his role in the show,” NBC said in a statement Wednesday.
A network spokeswoman said she didn’t know how many seasons his contract covered. A call to Baldwin’s publicist in New York was not immediately returned.
Baldwin intends to fulfill his obligation to the show, a source close to the actor said Wednesday, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to make a statement.
I think Alec just needs to sit down, relax, have a soothing drink of Scotch and try to visualize what Jack Donaghy would do. I mean, that’s what I always do when I’m in a pickle. That’s probably how I ended up with all of these tuxedos in my closet and an Arbys franchise in Telluride that I don’t remember purchasing.