After years of speculation regarding Alec Baldwin's commitment to '30 Rock,' it would seem the actor has finally committed fully--just before the series starts its final season.
The movie star and television funnyman reportedly offered to take a twenty-percent cut in salary if it meant that '30 Rock' would have a full-length seventh season and an eighth season to follow. Baldwin revealed the offer on his popular twitter account Thursday morning (@alec_baldwinn). "I realize times have changed," he added, when explaining why he believed the salary cut would be necessary for the popular series to continue past this upcoming slate.
The first episode of the seventh and final season will air tonight on NBC. The final season has been ordered for thirteen episodes, which includes a double-length series finale. Baldwin's role as Jack Donaghy has earned him two Emmy Awards and a new comedic lease on a career dominated by prominent dramatic performances. Baldwin credits his time on '30 Rock' with teaching him how to be funny and just how difficult comedy truly is; from my perspective, the timing Baldwin has shown on '30 Rock' and elsewhere cannot be taught--hell, it borders on the preternatural.
When asked about Baldwin's willingness to sacrifice in order to solidify an eight season, his co-star Tina Fey recalled how she had to pressure him in to agreeing to a seventh season not too long ago. “I had a dinner with him when I was very pregnant with my second child to say, ‘Let’s do season 7, come on. Let’s do it!’ And he said okay," Fey explained. "I think I had the baby the next day. And now not a day goes by that he doesn’t go around to the crew and agitate for a season 8: ‘You’ve gotta change your minds!’" before the author of "Bossy Pants" and SNL alum finished her tale with a characteristic punchline: "It’s like, ‘It’s not really up to me — and also, no.’”
Catch Baldwin and Fey as Donaghy and Liz Lemon, respectively, on the final season of '30 Rock' starting tonight at 8pm EST on NBC.
You can catch funnyman Alec Baldwin on Jerry Seinfeld's web series 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee' below!