Rumors swirled in August about actor and outspoken liberal Alec Baldwin possibly getting his own show on MSNBC. They turned out to be true.
Baldwin will host his own one hour program on Fridays, according to a press release from MSNBC. The show will air Fridays and will be called "Up Late with Alec Baldwin." An official release date has not been announced, but the release said the show will begin sometime in October.
“After two seasons of my WNYC podcast, I've developed a fondness for hosting a show that involved talking with smart, talented and engaging people in every imaginable field,” Baldwin said in the release. “I'm grateful to MSNBC for helping me bring a similar show to television.”
In response to the rumor in August, an MSNBC source told various outlets only that the network is "fans of Alec" but that they had "nothing to say regarding this unconfirmed report."
President of MSNBC Phil Griffin was more forthcoming in praise of Baldwin in the release. "I've been talking with Alec for a while and can't wait to bring his personality and eclectic interests to MSNBC," he's quoted as saying. "He's got such passion for ideas and what's going on in the world - he's going to be a great addition to our line-up."
Over the years, Baldwin has proved to be a controversial figure, known for lashing out at his daughter and for calling a male reporter a "toxic little queen."