Skip to comments.Baldwin's request to quit sitcom denied
Posted on 04/25/2007 7:02:11 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
LOS ANGELES - Divorced dad Alec Baldwin, caught yelling at his daughter on a voicemail message, said Wednesday he asked NBC to let him out of his "30 Rock" contract so he can devote his time to the issue of "parental alienation."
"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.
The actor, in a transcript provided to The Associated Press by "The View," said that he also wanted to quit "30 Rock" so the sitcom and the hundreds who work on it wouldn't "be hurt by the situation."
NBC, however, quickly shot down the idea. The actor has became a key asset for the freshman sitcom, stealing the show as an oily but charming network executive overseeing a "Saturday Night Live"-type program.
"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.
"30 Rock," created by and starring "Saturday Night Live" alumna Tina Fey, has been renewed for a second year. Production wrapped in March and the season finale airs Thursday for the show that has gotten rave reviews but mediocre ratings.
Baldwin and ex-wife Kim Basinger have been embroiled since their 2002 divorce in a custody dispute over their daughter, Ireland, 11. It boiled up recently over Baldwin's telephone message for his daughter, berating her as a "rude, thoughtless little pig" for missing his call.
A tape of the message was obtained by celebrity Web site TMZ.com and broadcast worldwide. The actor blamed his former wife for leaking the tape, which she denied.
Baldwin was interviewed on "The View" by Barbara Walters and Rosie O'Donnell. (O'Donnell announced Wednesday she would be leaving the show after she and ABC failed to come to terms on a contract.)
Walters asked Baldwin about his harsh remarks to his daughter.
"You didn't mean to say it to your child?" she said.
"Well, there's nothing wrong with being frustrated or angry about something," he replied. "It's the way you do it, and as people often do in this world, I took it out on the wrong person because I'm unable, under the current dynamic, to address the other person."
"I realize that was wrong," Baldwin added.
"You said it to your daughter, but you meant it for your ex-wife?" Walters asked.
"Well, I think that goes without saying, quite frankly," Baldwin said.
Asked by Walters if he had spoken to his daughter since and how things stood, Baldwin declined to answer, citing "ongoing procedures and so forth."
The next hearing on visitation issues is scheduled for May 4.
According to the partial transcript from "The View," Baldwin said he intended to take "three years or five years, it doesn't matter," and focus on the problem of divorced parents and their children. He has a book coming out about divorce litigation, possibly this fall, he said.
"There were bills that were proposed in (by California lawmakers) that were killed which were about equality and co-parenting and divorce litigation and ... this is work that I've been creeping up on, but I've been busy," he said.
Acting has lost its importance to him, he said.
"I've had enough of this quite frankly to last me a lifetime, especially in the modern tabloid world and ... there's a bigger thing I want to do, there's a more important thing I want to do," Baldwin said.
In a file photo actor Alec Baldwin arrives at the Los Angeles Confidential Magazine Pre-Golden Globe Party held in honor of actress Penelope Cruz in Los Angeles, in this file photo from Jan. 13, 2007. Baldwin has parted ways with his agents at a major Hollywood talent agency, his spokesman said Tuesday April 24, 2007. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles-File)
Alec Baldwin holds the award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a comedy series for his performance in the television show "30 rock" at the 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles in this January 28, 2007 file photo. Baldwin, embarrassed by a ranting phone message to his daughter that surfaced on the Internet, has asked to be freed from his TV show to spend more time with family, a person close to the situation said on Wednesday. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith
'Mazing what they give folks awards for these days.
Took the words right out of my mouth.
If that’s what they call ‘acting’ , god help us.
Ruh-roh. Isn't that basically what Cho Seung Hui said?
He also promised to leave the country is Bush was elected.
Doesn’t he look like AlGore?
Run Alec run - off to Canada - oh wait - you’ve promised that before. Nevermind.
“Doesnt he look like AlGore?”
The last time that I opined what this punk looked like, I got a very stern warning from the board mods about being banned......
Read between the sheets.......
“Well, there’s nothing wrong with being frustrated or angry about something,” he replied. “It’s the way you do it, and as people often do in this world, I took it out on the wrong person because I’m unable, under the current dynamic, to address the other person.”
I guess that means he would be speaking to his ex. Some of it must be true. She married him. But Dodo would be more appropriate than pig.
Baldwin is a big, fat, bully who will one day get his when he flies off the handle at the wrong person. Remember Jean Claude Van Dam in Mexico??
Maybe Al would be willing to fill-in for Alec on 30 Rock .. just offer him a few carbon credits an episode.
Left photo - Actor Alec Baldwin and his daughter Ireland in a file photo. Actress Kim Basinger has hired a bodyguard for her 11-year-old daughter after a voice-mail tirade by her father, actor Alec Baldwin, was made public last week, Basinger's spokeswoman said on Monday. (Fred Prouser/Reuters)
Right photo - Actor Alec Baldwin and his daughter Ireland pose as they arrive at the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' (PETA) 25th anniversary gala at Paramount studios in Hollywood September 10, 2005. Actress Kim Basinger has hired a bodyguard for her 11-year-old daughter, Ireland, after a voice-mail tirade by Baldwin, was made public last week, Basinger's spokeswoman said on Monday. (Fred Prouser/Reuters)
3. Saudi Arabia
5. North Korea
3 is good because Baldwin can beat his wife and kids without breaking any laws, and will not have to worry about his daughter leaving home without him.
Maybe Alec should have attended more People for the Ethical Treatment of People galas instead...
Yep fat, stupid and full of himself just like Algore.
>>...... “there’s a bigger thing I want to do, there’s a more important thing I want to do,” Baldwin said.<<
Stone Henry Hyde to death.
Seriously, this sounds omenous.
Don't quit, Alec! We want to see you dragged through the mud then fired like Imus.
Some dads think they’re Fathers because they donated sperm. Baldwin is an absent dad and thinks his daughter should respect that. What an angry fool.
Pray for W and Our Troops
The comment that comes immediately to mind about Baldwin is: ''Again?? What was the first time?''
Perhaps. However, Baldwin on his best day can’t muster up even that staggeringly minimal amount of ‘talent’.
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