Alec Baldwin says he won’t run for New York City mayor — because he isn’t “horny” for the office like other candidates — and suggested he may stay with “30 Rock,” the show he had long been expected to leave after this season.
The announcement comes soon after a patch of bad publicity for Baldwin after a dispute on an American Airlines flight. He has previously described himself as “very, very interested” in running for office.
“I’ve lost my appetite,” Baldwin said on his weekly WNYC podcast Wednesday, adding that the other candidates are “like a guy on a date that you can tell he just can’t wait to get his hand up your blouse before even the lights go out in the theater.”
He added: “They’re all just so horny for it.”
Baldwin’s “30 Rock” contract ends after this season, and he told The Associated Press in October, “I really do want to move on to other things.” But he said at the time that he might do “a piece of the year” after this season.
On Wednesday, however, Baldwin suggested that sticking with “30 Rock” would be better than trying to run for mayor.
“Give this up for what?” he said. “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 was ejected from an American Airlines flight earlier this month after he refused to shut off his phone. Baldwin said he was playing the Zynga game Words With Friends and that other passengers had their phones on as well, and that he was singled out by a flight attendant.
But American Airlines said in a statement that Baldwin was “extremely rude to the crew, calling them inapporopriate names and using offensive language.”
Baldwin later went on “Saturday Night Live,” playing the pilot of the flight, and apologized to himself on behalf of the airline.