Alec Baldwin's Next Gig: Late Night Host?

Could take over for Carson Daly on NBC

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 10, 2013 10:43 AM CDT

(Newser) – If you're an Alec Baldwin fan, you might soon be able to get your fix five nights a week: An NBC executive tells the New York Times that Baldwin is a possible new late night host. He'd probably be taking over the latest of the late night shows, Carson Daly's half-hour interview program Last Call, which airs at 1:35am. With Jimmy Fallon taking over for Jay Leno on the Tonight Show, and someone as-yet-unknown taking over for Fallon on Late Night, that could mean new faces in all three late night slots.

Baldwin, currently starring on Broadway, has a much-admired podcast interview series called Here's the Thing, has been widely praised as a late night guest, and has hosted a record 16 episodes of Saturday Night Live. After 30 Rock ended, NBC inked a further two-year deal with Baldwin to keep him around, Deadline notes. In other Baldwin news, he recently gave what he claims will be "one of the last interviews" he ever does to the Hollywood Reporter. He says he wants to focus on his soon-to-arrive daughter and his wife. Asked if he would ever host a talk show, he replied, "It depends on the format and who it was for and what the schedule was like. Those guys that do talk shows have that terrible condition where they have to pretend everybody’s special. I don’t know if I could do that."

This Jan. 27, 2013 file photo shows Alec Baldwin presenting the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award to Dick Van Dyke at the 19th Annual SAG Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.   (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
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