Monday, June 17, 2024

Alec Baldwin’s Memoir Will Be Published in April by His Longstanding Foe, Rupert Murdoch


neverthelessAlec Baldwin was just announced as host of “Saturday Night Live” next month. It’s not like Alec hasn’t been on “SNL” in a while– he’s been killing it playing Donald Trump the way David Frye used to imitate Richard Nixon on “Laugh In.” Sheer genius.

But Baldwin’s hosting of the show is a walk up to publicity for his memoir, called “Nevertheless,” coming on April 4th. And guess who’s publishing that book? Why, Rupert Murdoch’s HarperCollins, cousin of Alec’s two favorite media outlets, Fox News and The New York Post.

The publicity campaign for “Nevertheless” should be interesting. The book covers Alec’s showbiz career from his debut on NBC’s soap “The Doctors” in 1983 to his hit run on “30 Rock.” But it’s likely it also covers this past year, his Trump imitation, his long interest in politics as a Democrat and possibly his notorious feud with the Post and Page Six.

For years — decades, it feels like– Page Six dubbed Baldwin “The Bloviator.” He fought with the paper and their paparazzi on dozens of subjects, many of which landed on the front page. The Post surely won’t ignore the Baldwin book, but then again, they’re also likely to use anything he’s written against him. Prepare for war, Rupert Murdoch style!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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