In an emotional appearance on The View, taped Wednesday and scheduled to air Friday, the embattled Alec Baldwin offered an apology for the angry tirade he left on his 11-year-old daughter’s voicemail.
“Obviously, calling your child a pig, or anything else improper, is inappropriate and I apologize to my daughter for that,” Baldwin told the departing Rosie O’Donnell and the rest of The View panel.
“There’s nothing wrong with being frustrated or angry about a situation,” Baldwin said. “It’s the way you do it, and as people often do in this world, I took it out on the wrong person.”
Baldwin, 46, whose battle with ex-wife Kim Basinger took a very public turn last week when his voicemail to daughter, Ireland, was leaked to TMZ, did not say whether he has talked to his daughter since the voicemail hit the Internet last week. But he insisted the incident was isolated.
“In my own case, with this message, I had never done this before in my life,” he said.
Baldwin also added that he has asked NBC to release him from his contract for 30 Rock, because he doesn’t want the show or its cast and crew to be negatively affected by him.
“If I never acted again I couldn’t care less,” he told the audience. “I would like to devote myself to the cause of parental alienation,” which is a subject Baldwin says he’s writing a book about.
Baldwin also said he may leave the country if released from his deal with NBC. For her part, Kim Basinger has said she hopes her ex will curb his “irrational behavior.”
“It is Kim’s sincerest wish is for [Alec Baldwin] to finally address his unstable and irrational behavior so he, at some point can potentially create a relationship with his daughter.”
After the show, audience members were conflicted about Baldwin’s mea culpa.
“There’s two sides to every story,” one audience member said. “So he gave his side, but his ex-wife should have her chance to give her side, too.”
“We did feel sorry for him,” another said. He made us understand his point of view.”
Meanwhile, Baldwin’s younger brother, William Baldwin, has rushed to Alec’s defense, telling People that Alec “is a fantastic human being” who can “get hotheaded, but only about really, really important things like family.”
“What people don’t understand is that when a man goes through a divorce, there is a fear that your ex-wife is poisoning the well and pitting your own child against you. Alec’s attitude and tone reflects that concern,” Billy Baldwin said.
30 Rock executive producer Lorne Michaels, echoed the sentiment.
“When you’re dealing with custody, you never really know what’s going on, but I know he cares deeply about his daughter.”