The airing of programming in which animals are killed for sport, for their fur, etc., can work to the advantage of animal-rights activists’ advantage, Baldwin insisted.
“ ’Twas ever thus, that when you show these things . . . that people shoot these exotic, or endangered, or what have you, animals, it has dividends for the animal-rights community,” he said.
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He said he accepted the hosting gig “as a supporter of the National Geographic Society’s 125th anniversary.”
A spokesperson for NatGeo said that Baldwin’s “role in ‘Night of Exploration’ is to introduce themes of adventure, discovery and exploration on a variety of programming without offering specific viewpoints.”
“Night of Exploration” is not Baldwin’s first NatGeo gig; he previously narrated “Great Migrations,” “Planet Carnivore” and “Journey to the Edge of the Universe.”
Mariah off ‘Idol’
Mariah Carey is officially out at “American Idol,” the pop diva confirmed Thursday, by re-tweeting her public-relations firm’s tweet:
“W/ global success of “#Beautiful” (#1 in 30+ countries so far) @MariahCarey confirms world tour & says goodbye 2 Idol.”
“Mariah Carey is a true global icon — one of the most accomplished artists on the planet — and we feel extremely fortunate that she was able to bring her wisdom and experience to the ‘American Idol’ contestants this season,” Fox network, “Idol” production house FremantleMedia and 19 Entertainment said in the wake of all that tweeting.
The news surprised no one, what with Carey’s husband, Nick Cannon, having already indicated she had one foot out the door — and with betting money these days on all the show’s celeb-judges being goners. Randy Jackson was first to tweet his exit; that leaves Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban.
Word is, the producers have abandoned the “polarizing celebrity judges” school of judge-table staffing, and are hoping to populate the table with “Idol”-produced stars, like Jennifer Hudson, Clay Aiken, Adam Lambert and Kelly Clarkson. That would also serve to remind us weekly that “Idol” is the only singing competition that actually has produced stars.
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