After spending the last year obsessively mocking President Trump, actor Alec Baldwin has reportedly been awarded his own talk show on ABC.
Baldwin has not only been appearing on SNL seemingly every week to don the blond wig and do his brutal President Trump impersonation, he's even gone through the effort of co-authoring and heavily promoting a laborious, unfunny anti-Trump parody book with the laborious, unfunny title, "You Can’t Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story Of My Fantastic First Year As President Donald J. Trump (A So-Called Parody)."
So, of course, ABC's now looking to give him his first big shot at hosting his own television talk show.
Page Six broke the news on Monday that ABC is working with Baldwin to create a new talk show "based on his popular WNYC radio interview show and podcast, 'Here’s the Thing With Alec Baldwin,'" in which Baldwin interviews various experts and celebrities.
According to Page Six's source, ABC will begin taping for the New York-based show as early as next week.
"We're told that the production is part of the deal Baldwin signed to continue hosting the ABC game show 'Match Game,'" Page Six reports. "In August, Variety reported that under the deal, 'Baldwin’s El Dorado Pictures will develop scripted and unscripted projects under the ABC Studios banner.'"
In a recent event, Baldwin defended his obsessive mockery of Trump. The actor claims that he "really expected [Trump] to change" after becoming president, to "take a deep breath and say, 'I'm the president now,' and begin to focus on, not only the power and the prestige and all of those kinds of tactile but more common perks and benefits of being president." But since Trump has not fully appreciated the "tremendous opportunity" he's been given, Baldwin says he deserves all the mockery he and his colleagues can give him.
"We can't be mean enough to this guy," he said.
In case you didn't pick up a copy for yourself, here's an excerpt from Baldwin's "so-called parody" of Trump to give you a flavor of what Baldwin has been touring around trying to promote over the last few months:
My inauguration, the actual legal takeover of the government with the Bible and then the speech, felt totally fantastic. Everybody watching, everybody listening, not just the 2 million or 3 million there on the Mall but like a billion people all over America and all over the world, on TV and online — probably on radio in Africa and India — so many watching, so many listening, no laughing, no talking (just me talking), total respect, even the haters terrified into a kind of respect, everyone focused on President Donald J. Trump.
Yes, it's that bad — and it goes on like that for page after interminable page. (Read Ben Shapiro's response to it here.) The good news is Baldwin's new show might keep him busy enough not to write the sequel.