Alec Baldwin to host late night talk show

Alec Baldwin to host late night talk show

Photo: WENN

(Reuters) – Actor Alec Baldwin will host a late night current events and culture talk show on MSNBC, the president of the network said on Thursday.

Emmy award-winning Baldwin, 55, will host “Up Late w/Alec Baldwin,” which will air 10-11 p.m. eastern time on the news network, beginning in October.

The actor has hosted a radio podcast on WNYC since 2011 called “Here’s the Thing,” where he has interviewed high-profile figures including David Letterman, Michael Douglas, Lena Dunham and political strategist Ed Rollins.

“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 a statement.

“I’m grateful to MSNBC for helping me bring a similar show to television,” he added.

MSNBC President Phil Griffin said in a statement that Baldwin has “such passion for ideas and what’s going on in the world – he’s going to be a great addition to our line-up.”

Baldwin most recently wrapped up his role on NBC’s “30 Rock,” where he played fictional network executive Jack Donaghy, a role that garnered him Golden Globe, Emmy and Screen Actors Guild awards.

He has also hosted NBC’s sketch show “Saturday Night Live” 16 times, and co-hosted the Academy Awards with Steve Martin in 2010. The actor welcomed a baby daughter with wife Hilaria Baldwin last month.

MSNBC is owned by NBCUniversal News Group, a unit of Comcast Corp’s NBC Universal’s television group.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Woman Found Dead in South Hadley River Not Yet Identified


The Northwestern District Attorney's office says the body was found near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge, connecting South Hadley and neighboring Holyoke.

in Local

Bernardston Crash Sends Three to Hospital


The injured were taken to Baystate Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

in National

Congress returns to looming deadlines on budget, highways


Lawmakers are returning to Capitol Hill for a two- to three-week sprint to wrap up work on the budget, highway funding and taxes.

in National, World

Senators call for 20,000 troops in Syria and Iraq


Two senior U.S. senators called for Washington to nearly triple military force levels in Iraq to 10,000 and send an equal number of troops to Syria as part of a multinational ground force to counter Islamic State in both countries.

in National, World

Obama, China’s Xi pledge to push for climate deal in Paris


More than 150 world leaders arrived at United Nations climate change talks in Paris armed with promises and accompanied by high expectations as they look to hold back the Earth's rising temperatures.