Alec Baldwin Won't Run for New York City Mayor; Won't Give Up 'This Wonderful Life'
The "30 Rock" actor puts to bed any ambition to go after Michael Bloomberg's seat.
Alec Baldwin has been flirting with politics for years, and has floated the idea of running for New York City Mayor in 2013. But now, he’s saying he won’t run, because he doesn’t want it as much as the other candidates and his celebrity status is too good to give up.
The 30 Rock actor announced on his radio show on Wednesday that he will not pursue the office of New York City Mayor in next year's race. The proclamation came after his guest, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close director Stephen Daldry, said he thought the actor should run.
"Here's the Thing," Baldwin responded. "I've lost my appetite. And for better or for worse, he expounded on the decision in very interesting terms while discussing the potential candidates for Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s post.
"They’re all just so horny for it. Horny for their own ascension. Whereas for me, I’ve got a job now,” he says of his role as network exec Jack Donaghy on the NBC comedy. “I’ve got a good job."
“Am I doing To Kill a Mockingbird? No, I’m doing a sitcom,” he continues. “But we have fun, and it’s a family and I love New York and I’ve got a life, it’s been a great harbor for me in my life. Give this up for what? I give up money and fame and position and success, I give up this wonderful life I have now in exchange for the chance to really change things. Yeah, I’m not quite sure you can anymore.”
Baldwin’s celebrity status recently helped the actor generate headlines in a very public war with American Airlines after being removed from a flight.
30 Rock returns to NBC for Season 6 on Jan. 12.