Alec Baldwin, whose name came up this week as a possible host for an NBC late-night show, made news again with his comments about the Oscars.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Baldwin appears to have taken himself off the list of possible hosts for the 2014 Academy Awards.
“Baldwin, who hosted the 2010 telecast with Steve Martin, had some pointed things to say about the Motion Picture Academy and the Oscars in a free-wheeling interview in The Hollywood Reporter tied to his current run on Broadway in the play ‘Orphans,’” the piece reports. “Baldwin told the magazine he would ‘never, never, never’ do it again and that ‘the Oscars is a completely thankless job.’”
The show’s long running time appears to be one of Baldwin’s main complaints. The “30 Rock” star said that ideally the program would “last about two hours, and it would be a very tight show with a lot of serious, cineastic appreciation.”
The report adds: “Baldwin noted that that the broadcast raises much of the academy’s annual budget. (The 2012 show netted the group more than $51 million, according to the group’s annual report.)”
Baldwin is quoted as saying: “ABC and the academy, they have no interest in doing a tight, better-produced show. They are forced, because of economic constraints, to have a flabby, tired show.”
The actor reportedly suggested Ellen DeGeneres as possible Oscars host, but he added: “I’m dying to see who they get to do it next year. They’re going to have to go dig someone up from the cemetery. They’re going to have to go dig up Bob Hope.”