Amagansett actor Alec Baldwin has finally confirmed his long-rumored move from sitcom and movie star to a new role as talk show host. On Thursday, September 5, MSNBC announced that Baldwin will host a weekly interview show, Up Late With Alec Baldwin in prime time.
Starting in October, Baldwin will fill MSNBC’s 10 p.m. time slot on Fridays and conduct interviews related to current events and culture. The former 30 Rock star and new dad has already proven his mettle in this format with his regular podcast Here’s the Thing, which airs on WNYC radio and is available on iTunes. On Here’s the Thing, Baldwin has interviewed a wide range of subjects from artists, musicians and actors to sports stars, politicians and thinkers—as well as several Hamptonites among them. His interviewees include Lena Dunham, Peter Beard, Billy Joel, Eric Fischl, Dwight Gooden, David Letterman, Peter Frampton, Kris Jenner, Michael Douglas and Lorne Michaels, among many others.
This new spot on NBC’s liberal-leaning news network could also serve as Baldwin’s bully pulpit to help advance his oft-predicted run for public office.
Up Late With Alec Baldwin replaces MSNBC’s prison reality show Lock Up, which will be pushed back an hour to 9 p.m. on Fridays. Lawrence O’Donnell is hosting interviews during the 10 p.m. time slot on the remaining four weeknights.