Alec Baldwin, talk show host?
The actor and political activist, who also interviews fellow public figures on his public radio podcast, "Here's the Thing," revealed during a conversation with ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos that he was once offered a job hosting the network's morning talk show, Good Morning America.
"I'll never forget in 1994 I was in Tokyo and I was promoting this film and I get a phone call. I don't want to go into the particulars of who was on the other end of the phone and how it all played out, but they basically said to me, 'You know that Good Morning America was never more successful than when an actor hosted the show,' which was David Hartman. And they said, 'Would you consider becoming the host of Good Morning America, one of them?'"
Baldwin told Stephanopoulos, who had just mentioned that he had second thoughts when he was first considered for the GMA anchor job, that he wondered about the motivation of the offer.
"I was 36 years old. I wondered also, as we both know, if they were doing this to pressure someone to sign their contract who was holding out on a contract or something, because you never know whether people are using you for some other purpose. … I thought about that," he said.
Of course, everyone knows how that turned out, considering Baldwin didn't actually take the job and continued with his successful acting career. Instead, he was nominated for a Golden Globe, an Emmy, and a SAG Award for his performance in the 1995 TV adaptation of A Streetcar Named Desire.
He would later return to TV in 30 Rock, a notable guest arc on Will & Grace, many, many turns hosting Saturday Night Live — and even a short-lived MSNBC talk show called Up Late with Alec Baldwin, which was canceled after the actor got into hot water over inflammatory remarks he made to a photographer.
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