Thursday, April 26, 2007
Alec Baldwin Staying On NBC Show
Alec Baldwin's request to leave the TV show 30 Rock has been denied. Even with the recent bad press over a leaked telephone rant, he is still “an important part” of the program. Alec has been attacked by family groups after calling his 11-year-old daughter Ireland a “rude, thoughtless little pig” during a recorded telephone rage that first aired on TMZ.com. Alec submitted a formal request to leave the comedy yesterday because he didn’t want the rest of the cast and crew to be “hurt by the situation” surrounding his bitter custody battle with ex-wife Kim Basinger. The broadcasters NBC have refused to let him out of his contract, which sees Alec star as a slimy but charming network executive in charge of a prime time chat show. A statement released by NBC says, “Alec Baldwin remains an important part of 30 Rock. We look forward to having him continue his role in the show.” A close a friend of Alec's confirmed the actor will complete his obligation to the program, despite telling talk show The View early yesterday he “couldn’t care less” if he never acted again. The pre-taped appearance is scheduled to air on Friday.