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Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 04/11/2012

Alec Baldwin Tweets he’s leaving NBC — again

Alec Baldwin had fans hyperventilating Wednesday when he once again hinted he might leave NBC comedy series “30 Rock.”


Actor Alec Baldwin (R) speaks with PETA's Vice-President Dan Mathews during a PETA campaign in New York March 16, 2012. (EDUARDO MUNOZ - REUTERS)
And, once again, it’s all wrapped up in a Baldwin melodrama -- this time a struggling Canadian actress named Genevieve Sabourin, with whom Baldwin may have had dinner a couple of times, and who has been busted for allegedly stalking him after news got out that Baldwin had gotten engaged to a 29-year-old yoga instructor.

What gave fans the vapors Wednesday was a series of tweets lobbed by the actor, who plays NBC chief Jack Donaghy on “30 Rock,” saying things like “I think I’m leaving NBC just in time,” after spying cameras from NBC’s morning infotainment show “Today” staked out his residence, presumably in re the Stalking Story.

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Apparently Alec hasn’t been keeping up on the story about the bloody war for viewers between NBC’s longtime frontrunner “Today” show and ABC’s “Good Morning America,” which has come within 119,000 viewers of “Today” during one recent week.

Anyway, if Baldwin’s flattered that, as star of one of primetime TV’s less popular TV shows, he’s nonetheless staking-out worthy, Baldwin’s keeping it to himself, and using the incident an opportunity to engage in a little contract negotiating in the twittersphere.

Which the media swallowed in one big gulp:

“Alec Baldwin: I’m Leaving NBC,” headlined The Daily Beast, for instance.

“Alec Baldwin accuses NBC’s ‘Today’ of stalking him, says he’s leaving the network,” chimed in zap2it.com via headline.

“Alec Baldwin Tweets He’s ‘Leaving NBC’ In Wake of ‘Today’ Show Stalker Ambush,” Celebuzz headlined, wordily.

Baldwin’s comments suggest NBC’s actual real-life chairman, Bob Greenblatt, got it wrong in January, when he told a gaggle of reporters at Winter TV Press Tour 2012 that NBC had re-upped Baldwin for “30 Rock’s” seventh season, which is next season.

Anyway, Wednesday’s tweets aren’t the first time Baldwin has said he’s leaving the show.

In 2007 he hinted he was would retire from showbiz to focus on his relationship with his daughter –after someone leaked a voicemail recording of him calling his then 12-year-old daughter a “rude, thoughtless pig” because she had not answered her phone when he called her.

And, who can forget the CNN interview he gave in July of 2010 in which he said he would leave when his contract ran out in ’12, because he yearned for a life away from the Hollywood spotlight.

“As much as I like acting,” he told CNN, “I know that I would love to have a different life. A private life. I think that doing this now for a living has become really, really hard. I would rather go do other things, and with whatever amount of time I have left in my life, have more of a normal life.”

In that interview, Baldwin said his life’s dream had not been to become an actor, but to conduct, or executive direct, a symphony orchestra.

By  |  01:38 PM ET, 04/11/2012

 
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