For the fourth straight year, actor Alec Baldwin will be wah-wah pedaling back onto ABC for a season of “Match Game” starting tonight, June 12. Baldwin wields the skinny microphone made famous by the Goodson-Todman Productions show’s founding host, Gene Rayburn, in the 1970s, while the celebrity guest panelists have upheld the original’s boozy, bawdy atmosphere. We asked Baldwin, 61, why an Academy Award-nominated star wanted to give away prize money — and give up being President Trump on “Saturday Night Live.”
Full disclosure — I was in a cab in downtown Manhattan when I saw you on the street and called out to you how much I like “Match Game.”
I remember that and I was glad I had security with me that day.
It’s fun. The first time I did it, I thought, “What the hell am I doing?” Because I so often was looking for jobs like the Capital One commercials and Amazon Echo commercials and things to fund my charity [Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation]. … I did it the first year and I had so much fun that I kept coming back. It’s something I look forward to every year.
Do people often ask why an accomplished actor like yourself is hosting a classic game show?
All my life — perhaps to a fault — I didn’t care how something looked. I’m always looking for jobs where I can stay home. I’m remarried and I’ve got four little children. People would come to me with very worthy projects and say, “Are you going to go to New Mexico for five months or Vancouver for six months to do an eight-part miniseries?” A lot of opportunities that I would have lunged at years ago. Everything I do now, I try as best as possible to stay home, and this has been a tremendous opportunity in that regard.