IN THE SPOT­LIGHT

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“There wasn’t a spon­ta­neous breath to draw. They’ve worked out all the ques­tions in ad­vance. What you say is kind of a lit­tle script that they’ve drafted,” Bald­win said.

But he also found it hard to trust the in­ter­viewer in such a short time, so he un­der­stands the rea­sons many pub­lic fig­ures need to “play it safe.”

“Now you can say some­thing on a talk show and your ca­reer could be over. Or you can have real dam­age done. There’s a cau­tion peo­ple have to ex­er­cise now. You’d be naive not to,” Bald­win said. With the longer for­mat, he feels the sub­jects are more apt to en­gage in con­ver­sa­tion.

Bald­win found him­self on the wrong side of the story af­ter a re­cent in­ter­view with the Hol­ly­wood Re­porter, say­ing that, “Ever since I played Trump, black peo­ple love me.” He faced a so­cial me­dia back­lash.

Ex­ec­u­tive Pro­ducer Ja­son Schrift re­al­izes that Bald­win is a po­lar­iz­ing en­ter­tainer, but also pointed out that some view­ers who don’t agree with Bald­win will also tune in, much like Howard Stern found his rat­ing were higher thanks to peo­ple who didn’t like him.

But Schrift also feels that some of Bald­win’s per­spec­tives can ap­peal to his de­trac­tors too.

“Even the right-wing peo­ple will be sur­prised by some of his con­ser­va­tive opin­ions about some things,” Schrift said.

HEIDI GUT­MAN — ABC VIA AP

This im­age re­leased by ABC shows host Alec Bald­win, right, speak­ing with TV per­son­al­ity Kim Kar­dashian West dur­ing an ap­pear­ance on “The Alec Bald­win Show.”

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