Second- and third-hand accounts, be gone. Alec Baldwin's pre-taped appearance on
The View unspooled Friday, and here is what he said about:
The message he left for his daughter: "There's nothing wrong with being frustrated or angry about something. I took it out on the wrong person because I'm unable, under the current dynamic, to address the other person," meaning ex-wife Kim Basinger.
Why he was frustrated: After Basinger neglected on three occasions to cede custody of their daughter, Ireland, when she went to work on projects, "We pressed a contempt charge, because... we had no other outlet for enforcement. Finally they said, 'We will obey the order' [and] I was given my daughter. I had two blissful weeks.... The mother comes home and the phone gets turned off and I don't speak to the child again for 10 days."
The "pig" word: "I've had a lot of people say to me that if all of us were to lose our custody rights because you said something inappropriate, we would have a parentless society, basically."
Asking to leave 30 Rock: "There are 250 or 300 people who go to work every day on this show... and I don't want those people to be negatively impacted by the situation, so I've asked NBC to let me out of my contract. I said to them, 'I really, really, really don't want to do it anymore because I would like to take a piece of my life, whether it's three years or five years... and devote myself to the cause [of parental alienation]. If I never acted, I couldn't care less." NBC, as previously reported, effectively declined Baldwin's request.
For the latest on how Dr. Phil is helping Alec Baldwin during this troubling time, see the TV Guide News Report.