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UPDATED: Alec Baldwin Says 30 Rock Will End In 2012
UPDATE: Deadline has talked to "sources close to the situation" who say Baldwin's quotes are "utter nonsense." It definitely wouldn't be the first time Baldwin had talked with authority about something that turned out not to be true, so keep that in mind when reading below.
Alec Baldwin has been very open in the past about leaving 30 Rock at some point, and there were even rumors for a while that this season would be his last. But now Baldwin has upped the rumors of his departure to an end date for the entire show; talking to Vulture at a fundraiser for the National Dane Institute in New York City, Baldwin responded to an innocuous question about whether or not he'd write his own book with a serious bombshell:
"I will tell you one thing. And that is our show next year is our last year of the show. Our contracts are expired [in 2012], and Tina is gonna have a big career directing films and writing. She's going to be the next Elaine May. She'll be great."
Representatives for Fey and the show wouldn't comment, so there's no way to tell if Baldwin's got his facts straight or not, but look at it this way: 30 Rock is in its fifth season now, and has been a reasonable ratings success but has never been a giant hit. Both Baldwin and Fey are far, far more bankable than they were before the show started, as are any number of the show's breakout stars like Jack McBrayer and Scott Adsit. A six-season run would be nothing to scoff at, much as it might break our hearts to lose Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy for good. If 30 Rock is in fact heading into its final season, we probably won't see confirmation until closer to the end of this one, so hang tight.
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