Alec Baldwin’s Dispute With Netflix Over Playing Trump Has the Entire Entertainment Industry Stumping for Him

This story first appeared in the April 10, 2018 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today. Alec Baldwin sent a wave of shockwaves across Hollywood and beyond when he claimed on Tuesday’s episode of “The Late…

Alec Baldwin’s Dispute With Netflix Over Playing Trump Has the Entire Entertainment Industry Stumping for Him

This story first appeared in the April 10, 2018 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

Alec Baldwin sent a wave of shockwaves across Hollywood and beyond when he claimed on Tuesday’s episode of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” that he was fired from playing Donald Trump in the hit Netflix series “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” over his recent comments in the press.

On Tuesday night, George Clooney seemed to come to the actor’s defense and tweeted that Baldwin should be lauded for standing up for himself.

@AlecBaldwin you took a bullet for everybody. Standing up for your First Amendment rights is a beautiful thing. I’ve never heard of someone getting canned from a job for tweeting about his First Amendment rights. Good for you. Thank you. — George Clooney (@georgelclooney) March 20, 2018

“I really wish people would stop saying crazy things about me,” Baldwin tweeted. “I’m not fired. I had a funny idea for a skit on ‘Rudolph.’ That got picked apart by execs and scrapped. Of course, they fired me for it. But it’s O.K. I get it. Because there are Nazis at the mall? Not funny. No more turtlenecks for me.”

Baldwin had tweeted that his faux-Trump routine was axed over his “[w]eird” routine about the lack of white actors in play this year at the Tony Awards. “Broadway mourns and is crushed when you are their only representative at the #TonyAwards. Then the response ranges from ‘your shit is trash,’ to ‘OMG take your weird shit to @jasonlemon,’” he said.

On Tuesday night, late-night host James Corden also weighed in on the controversy, sending Baldwin flowers to his show’s official Twitter account.

Baldwin is currently making headlines for putting his Trump doll on the Ellen DeGeneres show this week to promote his fellow New Yorker’s guest appearance in “Ocean’s 8,” where he plays a con man. Baldwin noted in his tweet that he hadn’t been “fired” but “imagined fired.”

I really wish people would stop saying crazy things about me. I’m not fired. I had a funny idea for a skit on “Rudolph.” That got picked apart by execs and scrapped. Of course, they fired me for it. But it’s O.K. I get it. Because there are Nazis at the mall? Not funny. No more turtlenecks for me. — ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) March 20, 2018

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