Amagansett’s Alec Baldwin was up at bat last night on Spike’s TV roast, One Night Only, while stars including Robert De Niro, Hamptons visitor former President Bill Clinton and Baldwin’s wife Hilaria Baldwin stepped on the mound to play.
The actor was all smiles as President Clinton discussed Baldwin’s early days at University and his political background.
“He ended up going to George Washington [University] for two years, ran for student body president, then came back home to New York where he followed a then-classic path, from politics into soap operas,” Clinton said.
Among Baldwin’s family members at the event—including brother William Baldwin, his wife and baby daughter Carmen Gabriella—his eldest daughter Ireland Baldwin joined the fun at the Apollo Theater. After roasting her father about the infamous voicemail leaked disastrously to the media in 2007, and her tattoos, Ireland spoke highly of her father.
“I really am proud to be your daughter and I’m proud to be here tonight. I absolutely love and adore you,” she said, putting to rest any lingering rumors about the state of their relationship.
Hilaria then got some laughs about the 26-year age difference between her and Baldwin, who she married in 2012.
“There are advantages to being married to a man of Alec’s age. For one thing, he’s a wonderful grandfather to our children,” Hilaria quipped, later praising her husband on Instagram for his poise and ability to laugh at himself during the roast. “Real men can take a joke,” she wrote.
Oscar winning actress and Montauk resident Julianne Moore said some nice things about playing alongside Baldwin in Still Alice. She also referenced his infamous impression of Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, explaining, “This is pretty much an open secret in Hollywood: If you work with him, you are guaranteed to win an Oscar. Think about it, Alec played my husband in Still Alice for which I won an Academy Award for Best Actress,” Moore continued, noting, along with a few more examples, that Cate Blanchett won an Oscar for her role alongside him in Blue Jasmine. “That’s how strong his mojo is,” Moore said. “I wouldn’t be surprised at all if this year Melania Trump walks away with Best Supporting.”
De Niro also commended Baldwin for his efforts on SNL. Calling the Trump impression, “great comedy and…good for the country.” But he took some good shots as well, like this zinger: “He gets inside the roles he plays and hangs on. In 1992, in Glengarry Glen Ross, he played a smug a__hole and he’s never broken character.”
Of course, as is often the tradition, all of those who roasted Baldwin concluded with high praise and hugs, many of them getting visibly emotional when sharing warm feelings about the actor.
After they roasted him, Baldwin was given some time to shoot back at his roasters and others, including his friend and fellow Amagansett resident Lorne Michaels, who did not attend the roast. “Lorne Michaels couldn’t be here, fortunately. He was trapped under a pile of money he made off of all our backs,” Baldwin said of his longtime friend and colleague.
You can watch One Night Only: Alec Baldwin at spike.com.