Alec Baldwin Speaks About New MSNBC Show ‘Up Late’

Alec Baldwin will host "Up Late" Fridays on MSNBC.
Alec Baldwin will host "Up Late" Fridays on MSNBC. Photo credit: Mary Ellen Matthews

Amagansett’s Alec Baldwin will host a new late-night interview show on MSNBC, appropriately named Up Late w/Alec Baldwin, and he recently spoke with Hollywood Reporter about what viewers can expect.

“Up Late,” a weekly current affairs and culture talk show, will air on Fridays at 10 p.m. beginning in October.

“After two seasons of my WNYC podcast, I’ve developed a fondness for hosting a show that involved talking with smart, talented and engaging people in every imaginable field,” Baldwin said in an MSNBC statement. “I’m grateful to MSNBC for helping me bring a similar show to television.”

“I’ve been talking with Alec for a while and can’t wait to bring his personality and eclectic interests to MSNBC,” MSNBC President Phil Griffin said. “He’s got such passion for ideas and what’s going on in the world—he’s going to be a great addition to our line-up.”

On the type of guests he will have, Baldwin told Hollywood Reporter, “I want exciting, fizzy, dynamic people. I want interesting people. I want controversial people. I don’t want to get a bunch of wonks together and just wonk-ify some issue.” He said his hosting role model is Dick Cavett. Read the full Q&A at

The film and television star — a 16-time host of Saturday Night Live—has a home in Amagansett with wife Hilaria Thomas Baldwin and new baby girl Carmen Gabriela. He is the president of the board of trustees of Guild Hall in East Hampton, where he starred in Equus in 2010. He co-stars in Woody Allen‘s upcoming film To Rome with Love with Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page and Penelope Cruz.

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