Alec Baldwin Slams Late-Night Shows for Becoming ‘Grand Juries’

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Alec Baldwin would like late-night hosts to stick to more “blithe chit chat,” please. The actor/Donald Trump impersonator went to Twitter to criticize two hosts in particular: Last Week Tonight’s John Oliver and The Late Show’s Stephen Colbert. When Oliver moderated a conversation at an anniversary screening of Hoffman’s movie Wag the Dog Monday night in New York City, the late-night host pressed Hoffman on a former production assistant’s claim that the actor sexually harassed her on the set of Death of a Salesman in the ’80s. (Hoffman was not pleased.) Louis C.K. canceled his Late Show appearance hours before a New York Times exposé detailed his serial sexual misconduct. Colbert later said he’d planned to bring up the accusations on air.

Baldwin’s two cents: “Talk shows were once promotional pit stops for some blithe chit chat about movies, etc,” he tweeted. “Now the likes of @iamjohnoliver and @StephenAtHome have flipped that and they are beginning to resemble grand juries.”

If Baldwin makes an appearance, there’s plenty to press him about: He repeatedly disrespected Weinstein accuser Asia Argento on Twitter, and recently admitted he’s “bullied” women in Hollywood. Should we expect his own talk show to handle guests with gentler gloves?

Baldwin Slams Late-Night Shows for Becoming ‘Grand Juries’