Alec Baldwin: 'I hope '30 Rock' goes on forever'

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After sending Liz Lemon fans into a tizzy by inconveniently telling a reporter that "next year is our last year of [30 Rock]

” — while Tina Fey is promoting her book, and while Fey is five months pregnant — Alec Baldwin took to the Huffington Post this morning to clear the air and toe the company line:

“Gosh.

I want to take the opportunity to state that although my days on network TV may be numbered, I hope 30 Rock goes on forever. Or at least as long as everyone involved desires.

Next year hopefully won’t be the last. Kenneth can run the network. Jenna will get her own talk show. Tracy will become Mayor of New York. Then resign to go raise exotic reptiles. And Lemon will go do … just about anything she sets her mind to.

Here’s to five more seasons.”

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  • Jason

    I don’t understand why people were so taken aback by this. It’s never been a secret that a) Alec Baldwin’s contract was up soon and that b) Tina Fey had no desire to keep the show running longer than 5 or 6 seasons. She said in an interview last year (for EW, I think) when asked about the longevity of 30 Rock, she said she hoped that they could last for about 6 seasons because that’s what she creatively had planned on for its arch. So Fey is actually being given the exact number of seasons she had hoped for. We should be grateful that Fey is being given that opportunity to creatively fulfill the end of 30 Rock.

    • SirLizard

      Jason, I agree completely.

  • fs

    YES LOVE 30 ROCK!!! <3

  • Chad

    That pretty much cements to me his decision to leave after next season when his contract is up. And without him there is no show. That’s why they call it an ensemble.

    RIP “30 Rock” 2006-2012

    (Fey could always go back to writing SNL. God knows they need the help.)

    • nick

      i think she’s too talented to go back to SNL. SNL is a stepping stone to better things for comedians and she’s jumped to the next rock long ago and going back to that would be a big step back.

    • Alex

      Wow! So, an “ensemble” cast is one where a SINGLE individual makes up the relevance of the storylines? Gee, here I thought it was about MULTIPLE primary players.

      But I’d hate to see 30 Rock without Jack or Liz Lemon.

      • Dash

        I thought this same thing about the confusion over the word ensemble. I don’t really like 30 Rock but whatever if it goes on forever good for the fans.

    • Jemi

      Yeah, SNL could use her, but it would be like going back to junior high for her. She’s the show runner and principal actor in an ensemble she put together. No one suggested that Will Ferrell, Adam Sandler or Mike Meyers should go back after they’d moved on. Tina Fey has way too much to offer to be stuck writing SNL.

  • TOM

    I like 30 Rock – I think that I’d like it better if more ‘early’ SNL cast members popped up. I’d love to see Laramie Newman/Robin Duke/Jan Hooks/Victoria Jackson/Nora Dunn….surprises from the past, basically.

    • Bobby’s Robot

      I don’t expect Victoria Jackson would be invited on the show as she’s gone bat$h!t crazy.

      • SirLizard

        I would have loved to have seen Victoria Jackson, if I hadn’t recently learned that she’d turned into such a hate-filled cuckoo-pants.

      • tgh

        But she was really funny and probably still could be… can you imagine if Hollywood didn’t allow crazy people to be successful?

      • whatevs

        tgh, there would be no Hollywood if that were the case.

  • Johnification

    I love 30 Rock, but I also love it when TV creatives are allowed to end their shows when and how they want. I’ve been hearing for years that 30 Rock was a five/six season show (the show has even made meta-jokes about it). So if next year is the last, let’s make it a great one, with the whole cast, fulfilling end games, and the ending that Tina Fey wants.

    • Stacie

      I with you there.

  • James

    Wouldn’t be the same with Baldwin.

  • Dumbledore Fluffernutter

    With it’s poor ratings, I doubt NBC would make any effort to change Fey’s and Baldwin’s minds about leaving.

    • alex

      Well considering NBC’s ratings in general, maybe 30 Rock’s ratings make it a smash.

    • Johnification

      Actually, when you break down the demographics about what sort of consumers are watching 30 Rock, it is one of the most highly-rated shows on TV and has what I believe is one of the highest ad-rates. Basically, businesses see 30 Rock viewers as super-consumers, usually more money to spend, more affluence, more sway. So though smaller in number, the value of the these numbers is a major commodity to NBC.

  • ERNIE CAPSLOCK

    I CAN’T WAIT UNTIL THE SERIES FINALE!

  • Erin

    It’s pretty clear Baldwin plans to leave when his contract is up. I love the show (have from the beginning), but I really don’t think it would work without him.

  • Luddite

    I think I’d prefer for 30 Rock to have an end date in sight and go out on a high note. Actually, I wish more shows would do this (I’m talking to you, The Office).

    • Crystal

      Word.

  • Caitlin

    As much as i like 30 Rock, I’d rather them end the show on their terms and with a big planned season finale. I mean, if they want to end the show, then they should.

  • JimL

    I never understand why someone like Alec Baldwin would want to walk away from a hit show when it’s still working creatively. I assume he’s well paid, the show is very funny as is HIS perfomance. I don’t mean this as an insult, I’m the same age – but I doubt he’s leading man movie material any longer. Why bail on the show that’s keeping you active and keeping you employed?

    • Alan

      Go ask Shelly Long.

      • JG

        The situation for Shelly Long was markedly different Alan. “Cheers” suffered low ratings during the first five years. Even though it was a critical darling and liked by the network, it was always on the brink of cancellation. Long had been receiving considerable offers to do feature films, so when her contract was up she left the show to do them. “Cheers” became a prime time hit because audiences discovered it in syndication around this same time. Similiar situations for “M*A*S*H” cast members Wayne Rogers and Maclean Stevenson.

  • squirrellygirl

    Here’s to Tina Fey for knowing when to end the ride. Most shows stagnate after 5 or 6 seasons, only to be renewed by greedy execs wanting to turn a buck. She’s honoring the fans and being smart to call it quits after Baldwin exits. What WHAT?

  • splotch

    I hope show will end not because “great” Mr. Baldwin decided to leave 30 Rock. He’s not that cool, or awesome, you know. He’s just one of the actors, maybe praised as hell, but still.

    It’s up to Tina Fey and NBC bosses.

  • Vitoria

    Seems to me like SNL pettry much nailed the apparent media bias for Obama as a democrat, I’m disgusted by the media fawning over Obama and am pleased to see someone making a few jokes about it.Thank you Tina Fey!

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