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.
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.”