Alec Baldwin has been famously non-committal about whether or not he would continue doing his Donald Trump impression on Saturday Night Live after the election. And even though he ended up doing a few of the post-election episodes (much to the chagrin of Trump), nothing was certain about how long he would continue inhabiting the essence of our President-elect. But in separate interviews today, Baldwin made it clear that he's going to keep popping up on SNL for the foreseeable future—and may even perform his impression elsewhere.
"I'm gonna do [Saturday Night Live] as much as I can," Baldwin told ABC. "And there's discussions about other venues we might pursue to further express our gratitude and admiration for the Trump administration." Baldwin, who can also be seen on TV as the host of ABC's new Match Game reboot, seemed game to portray Trump on SNL throughout his presidency, and credited Trump as being "the head writer of all the material we do."
"We just sit back and we look at Twitter, we read the news and we go, 'There it is!' And we probably should be, according to the WGA [Writers Guild of America], be giving Trump some writing credits for what he's done for us," he said. "We're just gonna sit back and just let the good times roll."
He echoed that sentiment to the Wall Street Journal: "Trump himself is the head writer. By the end of the week you have a basket of things you can choose from,” Baldwin said.
But he noted that he doesn't want to overuse the impression in every episode ("I think they realize we need to slow it down, you can’t have it every weekend"). He also told the WSJ that he wasn't concerned about younger people associating him with Trump in the future: "Better they know me for that rather than killing my wife," he joked, referring to OJ Simpson.
In the meantime, Baldwin has had a lot of fun "interacting" with Trump on social media, whether through photos with Russian-emblazoned red hats or his various tweets on the latest political news.
If Trump believes that criticism of, opposition to, distaste for his election will eventually subside, he is mistaken.
It's just starting.
— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) January 9, 2017
I wonder if Trump's appointees will pee in a cup during conformation.
— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) January 11, 2017