Baldwin lands TV show

Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin will host a “current events and culture talk show” for MSNBC this fall.

The 30 Rock star’s rumored deal with the television network was confirmed by the actor and MSNBC president Phil Griffin on Thursday.

Up Late w/ Alec Baldwin will run Fridays beginning in October.

Alec, who hosts a WNYC podcast called Here’s the Thing, touched on his experience interviewing a variety of public figures including politicians, policy makers, performers and artists, in a statement.

“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,” he said. “I’m grateful to MSNBC for helping me bring a similar show to television.”

Griffin echoed his new colleague’s views and said the pair have been discussing the project for a long period.

“I’ve been talking with Alec for a while and can’t wait to bring his personality and eclectic interests to MSNBC. 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,” the executive said.

The announcement comes less than two weeks after Alec welcomed his first child, a daughter named Carmen, with wife Hilaria Baldwin.

The couple wed last year and Alec also shares a 17-year-old daughter, Ireland, with ex-wife Kim Basinger.

The 30 Rock actor spoke to People following the birth and was reflective about fatherhood.

“It’s a second chance for me in a way. Everybody knows I had a pretty unpleasant custody battle for Ireland,” he said. “We just want things to be easy, to be nice.”

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