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December 6th, 2012
11:07 PM ET

Alec Baldwin on the paparazzi: "Press a button tomorrow and flush them all down some swirling sewer vortex, I would do it"

On Thursday night, "Piers Morgan Tonight" rolled out the red carpet for one of Hollywood's biggest names, from one of the industry's most-recognizable families, Alec Baldwin.

Joining Piers Morgan for a live, face to face conversation, the star of NBC's hit show "30 Rock" shared his overall disdain for the media in general, particularly "gotcha journalism" as practiced by paparazzi outlets such as TMZ:

"CNN, which is owned by Time Warner, Warner Brothers owns TMZ. So, when you make a film for Warner Brothers, or you do a television show for Warner Brothers, right down the hallway, that very company that you're working for, is trying to stab you in the back when your back is turned, with what's his name, who runs TMZ – [Harvey] Levin – and that crowd," described Baldwin. "It's become a very, very murky water."

While Morgan described such outlets as merely "entertaining," or a "necessary part of the business," the Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner disagreed entirely:

"My attitude is the business would be infinitely better if all of them were gone," he told Morgan. "If I could press a button tomorrow and flush them all down some swirling sewer vortex, I would do it. Where's the button, hand it to me now!"

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Baldwin further presents his argument as to the negative impact of the paparazzi.
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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Ianthe

    I've got a better idea. How about we just do that with Alec.

    December 6, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Andy

    If Alex had kept his commitment to move to Canada, he would not have these problems!!!!

    December 7, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Edward O'Daniel

    Piers Morgan is someone who is entertaining for the vapid comments he makes but who seldom has any actual subject knowledge. He constantly proves the old rule of thumb about "Don't say anything and be thought a fool or open your mouth and remove all doubt.

    As a for instance in his inane defense of Bob Costas ignorant tirade Piers Morgan stated “The Second Amendment was devised with muskets in mind, not high-powered handguns and assault rifles. Fact.” Very little checking would completely refute his words and this single example clarifies that the founders were looking to the future with the Bill of Rights. Tench Coxe, of Pennsylvania (doubtful Piers Morgan knows who he was) had this to say on the subject "Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American . . . . The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people." - The Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788

    Piers should familiarize himself with what this portion of the statement illustrates – "Their swords and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American"

    Once again Piers Morgan has REMOVED ALL DOUBT!

    December 9, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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