Alec Baldwin: ‘Grand Jury’ Late Night Shows Are Harming “Innocent People”
This morning, Alec Baldwin visited Megyn Kelly Today to promote his new ABC talk show, and things quickly got political as the actor defended his controversial comments about late night shows. After video surfaced Tuesday of Last Week Tonight host John Oliver grilling Dustin Hoffman about a sexual harassment allegation from 1985, Baldwin tweeted in support of Hoffman, arguing that late night shows like Oliver’s serve as uninformed “grand juries” on sexual misconduct.
Today, Megyn Kelly asked Baldwin about his statement, and the actor insisted that he doesn’t “want to see people who are innocent get into trouble” and described the issue as “a big can of worms.”
“It’s really, really tough because you certainly don’t want to see people who are guilty of something, who have done bad things, wrong things, you want to see those people get punished,” said Baldwin. “But I don’t want to see other people get pulled into that… there’s a lot of accusations with no proof,” he qualified.
Kelly mentioned “the Dustin Hoffman thing,”and the actor, in reference to Oliver’s questioning, said, “And a lot of people, by the way, they endorse that. They think the people that host most of those shows are perfectly–not only within their rights, but that it’s very attractive or very necessary for them to be pressing this cause.” Kelly agreed, saying that Hoffman and someone like Harvey Weinstein aren’t in the “same class.”
Check out the video below of Baldwin and Kelly’s entire conversation.