By Sara Morrison
LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Alec Baldwin is in talks with MSNBC for a possible talk show, insiders with knowledge of the situation confirmed to TheWrap on Thursday.
Baldwin, an outspoken liberal, would be a good fit for the left-leaning network, which has an opening in its Friday night 10 p.m. timeslot. He's made no secret of his politics, even flirting with the idea of running for political office, telling the New York Times in 2011 that he might run for mayor of New York City someday. In 2009, he discussed running for Congress in an interview with Playboy.
A hosting gig seems like a much more likely match. The actor was reportedly in talks to take over Carson Daly's late night talk show around the time that Jimmy Fallon was tapped to replace Jay Leno, but those potential plans never came to fruition. Subsequently, Daly's show was renewed for Season 13 with the host.
Baldwin's also hosted a biweeky podcast called "Here's the Thing" for New York public radio station WNYC since October 2011, so interviewing Hollywood celebrities and media personalities is nothing new to him.
Baldwin will have to control his legendary temper, however, or MSNBC could have another Keith Olbermann on its hands. The former "30 Rock" actor recently made headlines after a Twitter-rant against a Daily Mail reporter who inaccurately stated that his wife, Hilaria, was tweeting during James Galdofini's funeral. Baldwin called the reporter a "toxic little queen" before temporarily shutting down his Twitter account - something he's done several times in the past following similar Twitter blow-ups.
He's also been accused of assaulting photographers, such as New York Post's Marcus Santos. Baldwin later took to Twitter to suggest that Santos (and all other paparazzi) be "waterboarded." He's also had altercations with flight attendants who ordered him to turn off his phone in the middle of a game of "Words with Friends," and in 2007, a recording of a voicemail message he left for his then-11-year-old daughter surfaced in which he called her a "thoughtless little pig" for not returning his phone calls.
Baldwin's rep declined to comment. Mediaite first reported the news.