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Alec Baldwin tries out the anchor role (briefly) on MSNBC

May 2, 2012 | 12:28 pm

Alec Baldwin took a guest spin in the anchor seat on "The Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell"
Last week, Alec Baldwin played a fake news anchor on the live episode of "30 Rock," alongside real-life anchor Brian Williams. This week, Baldwin was a real-life anchor, reading teasers on "The Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell" on MSNBC.

Perhaps with the end of "30 Rock" looming, Baldwin is trying out other careers.

Baldwin was on the show as a guest, but he wound up reading some teaser headlines, with a little spin, in his most serious demeanor. It's probably not Baldwin's fault that some viewers watched waiting for some kind of punch line; as Jack Donaghy on "30 Rock," he's become master of the deadpan line delivery.

Baldwin has long made noises about getting into politics at some point in the future, discussing a possible run for mayor of New York City at one point, though he's continually shied away from making concrete plans. In a post-show discussion posted on MSNBC.com, Baldwin kicked those political plans down the road a couple more years, when there might not be as many sitting Democrats in the New York districts where he lives.

O'Donnell publicly defended Baldwin on his show last December, after the actor was booted from an American Airlines flight for supposed bad behavior. O'Donnell said he'd recently flown cross-country next to Baldwin and said traveling with him was "a pleasure." He went on, "I can tell you, that I have never, never seen a more polite person on an airplane than Alec Baldwin."

Such kind words no doubt went a long way to fostering a good friendship between the two. But O'Donnell might want to watch out: "30 Rock" is ending soon, and Baldwin may find that anchor seat a little too comfortable.

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-- Patrick Kevin Day

 Photo: Alec Baldwin. Credit: Paul Morigi / Getty Images

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