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Actor Alec Baldwin joins MSNBC to host late night talk show

Host Alec Baldwin speaks during the NFL Honors award show in New OrleansHost Alec Baldwin speaks during the NFL Honors award show in New Orleans

(Reuters) - Actor Alec Baldwin will host a late night current events and culture talk show on MSNBC, the president of the U.S. network said on Thursday.

Emmy award-winning Baldwin, 55, will host "Up Late w/Alec Baldwin," which will air 10-11 p.m. eastern time on the news network, beginning in October.

The actor has hosted a radio podcast on WNYC since 2011 called "Here's the Thing," where he has interviewed high-profile figures including David Letterman, Michael Douglas, Lena Dunham and political strategist Ed Rollins.

"After two seasons of my WNYC podcast, I've developed a fondness for hosting a show that involved talking with smart, talented and engaging people in every imaginable field," Baldwin said in a statement.

"I'm grateful to MSNBC for helping me bring a similar show to television," he added.

MSNBC President Phil Griffin said in a statement that Baldwin has "such passion for ideas and what's going on in the world - he's going to be a great addition to our line-up."

Baldwin most recently wrapped up his role on NBC's "30 Rock," where he played fictional network executive Jack Donaghy, a role that garnered him Golden Globe, Emmy and Screen Actors Guild awards.

He has also hosted NBC's sketch show "Saturday Night Live" 16 times, and co-hosted the Academy Awards with Steve Martin in 2010. The actor welcomed a baby daughter with wife Hilaria Baldwin last month.

MSNBC is owned by NBCUniversal News Group, a unit of Comcast Corp's NBC Universal's television group.

(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy in Los Angeles; Editing by Eric Kelsey and Cynthia Osterman)