Alec Baldwin Says Late-Night Hosts Act Too Much Like ‘Grand Juries’

The actor felt that John Oliver “was rather heavy-handed in his approach to” Dustin Hoffman.
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Alec Baldwin apparently thinks late-night talk shows have become too judge-y.

The Emmy-winning actor tweeted Wednesday that he thinks hosts like John Oliver and Stephen Colbert should engage in more “blithe chit chat.”

“Talk shows were once promotional pit stops for some blithe chit chat about movies, etc,” Baldwin tweeted on Wednesday. “Now the likes of @iamjohnoliver and @StephenAtHome have flipped that and they are beginning to resemble grand juries.”

Viewership for Colbert’s “The Late Show” has gone up, and the show earned an Emmy nod for “Outstanding Variety Talk Series,” ever since it shifted its focus more toward politics and current events.

Oliver has been in the news this week for questioning actor Dustin Hoffman about a woman who has accused him of sexually harassing her on the set of “Death of a Salesman” in the 1980s. She says she was a 17-year-old intern at the time.

The heated interaction occurred while Oliver was moderating a panel for the 20th anniversary of “Wag the Dog,” not on his HBO series, “Last Week Tonight.”

Baldwin has been criticized for some of the comments he has made in recent months, as women have come forward to accuse powerful men of misconduct.

He has admitted to bullying women in the past and got into a nasty Twitter fight with Harvey Weinstein accuser Asia Argento, which resulted in Baldwin blocking the Italian actress and her boyfriend, Anthony Bourdain. The “Saturday Night Live” star also had a Twitter meltdown after he attacked a female journalist for an article re-examining a documentary he produced with director James Toback — who has been accused of sexual harassment by more than 200 women.

UPDATE: Dec. 10 ― Baldwin tweeted at HuffPost on Sunday to clarify the remarks he made on Wednesday.