On Thursday evening, Piers Morgan sat down with a man for whom he has the highest regard. In fact, earlier in the day the host used his Twitter account to share his true feelings for the evening's upcoming guest:
Going live tonight with perhaps my favourite previous guest: @ABFalecbaldwin ...smart, funny, political and slightly dangerous. CNN 9pm—
Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 06, 2012
As part of his live, face to face interview, Morgan's "slightly dangerous" guest – Alec Baldwin – offered an update on his political aspirations:
"No," says the "30 Rock" star when asked if he was still considering a run for New York City mayor. "Although it was something I would love to have done, truly, you'd have to take about a year and a half of your life to do nothing but raise money, and I didn't have time because I'm doing the TV show now, and I have other commitments."
Though he's no longer tossing his own hat in the political ring, the eldest of the famed Baldwin brothers did reveal his allegiances heading into what he calls "the post-[Michael] Bloomberg New York."
"I'd have to say Bill de Blasio," says Baldwin, when asked which candidate he would support.
As for Christine Quinn? Well, he has his reasons for not getting behind the New York City Council speaker:
"She certainly is Bloomberg's handpicked successor. And I resent that to some degree and that Bloomberg feels he needs to control the fate of city hall and of Gracie Mansion beyond his term. He already overturned a voter-approved referendum that had term limits for two terms. Quinn has that blood on her hands. She was the one who single-handedly killed the voter referendum at Bloomberg's behest and gave him a third term. And I was very, very upset about that. And I just don't think that Quinn is trustworthy."
Later in the sit-down chat with Morgan, Baldwin deftly fielded one of the host's trademark questions when he was asked about a particular moment he'd like to relive:
"Other than women and children, the greatest experience of my life, boy, that's really, really tough," says the recently re-married, father of one one. "Probably when we won the Emmy for "30 Rock" and the show won and Tina [Fey] won and I won, and we were only the third show in Emmy history, other than "All In the Family" and "The Dick Van Dyke Show," where the two principle leads and the show all won in the same year. We're only the third show in history where that happened."
Earlier in the day, meanwhile, the Baldwin name made some news, as Alec's younger brother Stephen found himself arrested on charges of tax evasion. The Golden Globe and Emmy Award essentially found the circumstances to be little more than pomp and circumstance:
"I don't think he's going to go to jail. I know he's in a negotiated settlement and things that were online," explained Baldwin. "Were talking about him being arrested and taken into custody there what have you. This was all prearranged with the D.A. for him to go and make an appearance. And they've got to shake him down. And they've got to make him walk that gauntlet because that's their procedure, even though steps have been made to be in the process of remediating that money and down payments have been made."
Watch the clips, and listen to the interview, as Baldwin talks politics, career, and family in the conversation.
And, for the chance to dine with both Alec, and his brother Billy, all in the name of an excellent cause, visit charityfolks.com/sandy. The Baldwin brother's are Long Island natives, and are auctioning off dinner at New York City's Nobu 57, plus roundtrip airfare on JetBlue, with all proceeds to benefit the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
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