Alec Baldwin on 'Live' Co-Hosting Rumors: "I Wanted to Do a Show Where I Could Stay Home"
The actor and future host of ABC's 'Match Game' revival also revealed what viewers can expect from the upcoming game show.
Alec Baldwin is in L.A., meeting with the producers of his upcoming Match Game revival on ABC, and he's already stopped by Disneyland, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live!
On Ellen, Baldwin weighed in on rumors that he could replace Michael Strahan as Kelly Ripa's co-host on Live. Even though his name is one of several that have been bandied about, Baldwin played coy when DeGeneres brought up the subject.
"This is the first I've heard of it," he said after smiling and laughing.
But he didn't shut down the possibility. In fact, it sounds like a job co-hosting a New York talk show every Monday through Friday is exactly what he's looking for.
"I have always said I wanted to do a show where I could stay home," he said, pointing out that when you make movies, you often have to go off to some far-flung location for a few months. "And the schedule of being able to stay home with my children is what I'd prefer. I do think about those things from time to time."
He joked that he could also do the weather on Good Morning America and then be on ABC all day long.
Speaking of ABC, Baldwin stopped by the network's late-night show Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday where he teased some of what viewers can expect from his Match Game.
He's already lining up celebrity guests by reaching out to his friends from 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live and indicated that some were quick to sign on.
"We're going to get some of those guys, I assume, and some of those ladies in there," he said. "I don't want to say, but there's three or four people who've contacted them to say 'I'm in. I'll do it.' And I was stunned who was coming."
He said he's sworn to secrecy on the names, but he did say he suspected there would be "to some degree a cavalcade of ABC stars," clearing his throat to try to indicate to Kimmel that he wanted him to stop by.
He said he's trying to get Tracy Morgan to appear, but "Tracy's someone you hear from about two weeks after you call him."
Kimmel argued that Baldwin's impression of Morgan is so good that Baldwin's 30 Rock co-star could be on the show even if he doesn't show up.
"I've never thought of that. Tracy will be on the show then," Baldwin said before launching into his impression of Morgan.
As to whether any of the original Match Game stars will be on the Alec Baldwin-hosted version, Baldwin said, "I would imagine that would be difficult. I don't know if they're still around."
Kimmel quipped, "Even better — dead celebrities on the Match Game."
Baldwin's Match Game revival will air at 10 p.m. on Sundays on ABC as part of a three-hour game-show block launching June 26. The block will also include the Michael Strahan-hosted $100,000 Pyramid revival and the return of the Steve Harvey-hosted Celebrity Family Feud.