Alec Baldwin returns to television on Sunday night, where he will host a weekly interview show, Sundays with Alec Baldwin. The first installment will kick off after the Oscars.
This is not Alec Baldwin’s first stab with an interview show. He hosted one back in 2013 on MSNBC. It was canceled after a month because Alec Baldwin used an anti-gay slur while interacting with reporters. It was hardly the first time that Alec Baldwin said something inappropriate. He has called his daughter a pig; he’s been thrown off a plane for getting belligerent with a flight attendant; he has victim-blamed women for accepting settlements in sexual harassment suits; he has admitted to “bullying women” and “treating women in a very sexist way”; he’s attacked Asia Argento and Anthony Bourdain on Twitter over the MeToo movement; he’s defended Woody Allen and James Toback; he has accused Dylan Farrow of lying and compared her unfavorably to a character in To Kill a Mockingbird; he’s gotten belligerent with cops who pulled him over for driving down the wrong side of the road; and he has attacked a Starbucks barista on Twitter.
I’m sure there are many more incidents over the years that I have forgotten.
And yet, he’s still getting another talk show on ABC.
Can we just not?
Hopefully, however, we won’t be seeing him on SNL as much playing Donald Trump in the future, as he tells THR that doing so is agony. “Every time I do it now, it’s like agony. Agony. I can’t.”
Honestly, truly: It’s agony for the rest of us to watch, too, and it’s long past time that the show offers the gig to a regular cast member, who might actually be able to bring something interesting to the role.