Amagansett’s Alec Baldwin debuted his new show Up Late With Alec Baldwin on MSNBC Friday in the 10 p.m. Eastern timeslot.
Baldwin’s guest on the debut episode was Bill de Blasio, the Democratic candidate for New York City mayor. (Baldwin himself has been a rumored mayoral candidate in the past.)
Baldwin asked de Blasion to explain his plans for job creation, and de Blasio also spoke out against New York’s existing stop-and-frisk policy.
In a review, mediabistro.com’s TV Newser blog took exception to the fact that the episode was New York-centric—though the Hamptons/New York audience isn’t complaining.
Blogger Gail Shister wrote, “Baldwin, an Emmy-winning actor, 16–time host of Saturday Night Live, WNYC podcaster and new dad, showed viewers that he can also, on occasion, be a serious, even-tempered host. No monologue, no house band, no nasty Tweets.”
Watch’s Baldwin’s interview with de Blasio:
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