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Alec Baldwin: 'Grand Jury' Late Night Shows Are Harming "Innocent People"

08 December 2017

U.S. TV host John Oliver hit headlines after taking Hoffman to task over 30-year-old allegations of inappropriate behaviour during a NY panel discussion and 20th anniversary screening of his movie Wag the Dog on Monday night (04Dec17). "Now the likes of @iamjohnoliver and @StephenAtHome have flipped that and they are beginning to resemble grand juries".

Kelly likened Oliver's questioning of Hoffman to a cross-examination, a sentiment that Baldwin agreed with.

"You certainly want to see everybody who's guilty of something - who've done bad things, wrong things, and hurt people - get punished", he said. "I don't want to see people get hurt". They think that the hosts of those show are not only perfectly within their rights, but also find it very attractive or very necessary for them to be pressing this cause.

The Emmy-winning actor appeared on "Megyn Kelly Today" on Thursday where he discussed sexual misconduct in Hollywood and how some people are being punished without any proof - seemingly referring to Dustin Hoffman.

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The Departed star expanded on his comments during a Thursday morning (07Dec17) appearance on USA show Today, when he tackled the sensitive subject with broadcaster Megyn Kelly.

"For me, what is different, what is odd, this is no excuse, but like 40 years ago there was a kind of way that people had a kind of sexualized by-play, and a kind of fooling around that was wrong", Baldwin argued. "But it seemed to be less problematic than it is now. From a few things you've read you've made an incredible assumption about me".

Alec Baldwin might be a fixture of the most recent seasons of Saturday Night Live as the show routinely lampoons Donald Trump, but that doesn't mean he appreciates all aspects of late night TV getting roundly political. Now, Baldwin added, "that's collateral damage".

What did Baldwin say to Kelly?

Baldwin explained that he wanted to see justice served against those who committed criminal acts.

Alec Baldwin: 'Grand Jury' Late Night Shows Are Harming