It’s a performance that has won him an Emmy and a legion of new fans, but Alec Baldwin has announced this week that he’s calling time on his role as Donald Trump.
The 30 Rock actor revealed he didn’t intend to return to the new season of Saturday Night Live during an interview with USA Today.
“I can't imagine I would do it again. I just can't,” he said. “They should find somebody who wants to do it. They're all my dear friends and I love going there.”
He went on to add, “My wife and I had a son a year ago, and since he was born, I've worked minimally because I wanted to be there for my wife and kids. But the party's over this fall and I'll be traveling. SNL just crushes my weekends, and now weekends are going to become much more precious to me because that's time with my kids.”
Baldwin and his wife Hilaria have four kids and he recently told Good Morning America that she would like one more.
Baldwin’s time playing the US president on Saturday Night Live has been an interesting one, as the actor doesn’t believe in keeping quiet when he senses injustice. He often takes to social media to express his opinions.
The Baldwin brother put his decision down to other work commitments (he’s currently promoting his new film Framing John Delorean), family and a need to make more money to feed his growing brood.
But he has also teased the idea that he might also run for political office, albeit as a joke.
If he does leave the role, his will be big shoes to fill.