Alec Baldwin to Replace Keith Olbermann?: Life Imitates '30 Rock,' Again

More

Following Keith Olbermann's abrupt exit from MSNBC earlier this week, the network is looking for a marquee name to add its line-up. The network's top choice: none other than 30 Rock star Alec Baldwin. Popeater's Rob Shuter reports:

"He's already part of the NBC family, has a huge fan base and is very respected for his long term passions for politics," a network source tells me, adding that Alec is very high, perhaps even No. 1, on the wish lists of MSNBC bigwigs.


The idea isn't completely out of left field; Baldwin spoke to Eliot Spitzer on his CNN show earlier this month about having political aspirations in the future:

"Yes, it's something that I'm very, very interested in," Alec, 52, answered when the governor-turned-host asked if politics was a "game" he wanted to enter. "To quit (acting) now when it really feels good and doing it feels good would be an enormously difficult thing to do. However, I do believe that people want to believe that someone who deeply cares about the middle class ... would like to seek public office."


For now the MSNBC gig is merely a rumor, but for a taste of what Baldwin would be like as a political host, see how his 30 Rock alter-ego handled an appearance on the fictional show the Hot-Box. It's safe to say the liberal Baldwin would have a different take on politics than right-winger Jack Donaghy:



Read the full story at Popeater.

Of course, this isn't the first time life has imitated 30 Rock:
Life Imitates '30 Rock': Rich People Collect Weird Things
Life Imitates '30 Rock': Subway Hero / Cable-Hating Congressmen Edition

Jump to comments
Presented by

Kevin Fallon is a reporter for the Daily Beast. He's a former entertainment editor at TheWeek.com and former writer and producer for The Atlantic's entertainment channel.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

Tracing Sriracha's Origin to a Seaside Town in Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Where the Wild Things Go

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.

Video

Adults Need Playtime Too

When was the last time you played your favorite childhood game?

Video

Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

Video

The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

Writers

Up
Down

More in Entertainment

Just In