Alec Baldwin: 'Grand Jury' Late Night Shows Are Harming "Innocent People"

Joann Johnston
December 7, 2017

Oliver, though not annoyed with Baldwin directly, has been in the news recently for going after actor Dustin Hoffman, when a woman came forward stating she was harassed by him on the DEATH OF A SALESMAN set in 1980, when she was only 17 years old.

"I do find that, that whole issue [sexual assault and harassment in Hollywood], which is a big can of worms to open up really - it is really, really tough, because you certainly want to see everyone who is guilty of something, who have done bad things, wrong things that hurt people, you want to see those people get punished", Baldwin said. "But I don't want to see other people get pulled into that... there's a lot of accusations with no proof", he qualified.

The actor defended his late show criticism on Megyn Kelly Today Thursday, saying he doesn't want innocent people to get in trouble. The actor has singled out Stephen Colbert and John Oliver as two guys who he thinks are speaking too much truth to power.

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"For me, what is different, what is odd, this is no excuse, but like 40 years ago there was a kind of way that people had a kind of sexualized by-play, and a kind of fooling around that was wrong", Baldwin argued. But it seemed to be less problematic than it is now. "Like someone said to me, if we are in a conversation and I talk over you, that is a mild form of bullying, if I don't let you finish your sentence. [Women] put up with it more but now they don't put up with it". It seems unlikely that the man whose recent tweets have suggested that a Republican representative must be oxygen-deprived ("the air must be thin in Utah") and condemned Bernie Sanders supporters who failed to vote for Clinton, and who has long considered running for political office, would wind up with a talk show that avoids taking a political stance.

He also commented on Hoffman's situation specifically.

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