After Alec Baldwin stated, "I loathe and despise the media in a way I did not think possible," NBC has announced that he will be playing a newspaper columnist in an episode of 'Law & Order: SVU'
Despite adamantly stating he hated everything about the media, Alec Baldwin will play a newsman in an episode of the NBC Drama.
The network announced on Tuesday (Feb 25th) that Baldwin will star in the episode an 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,' as a New York newspaper columnist, the Associated Press reports.
The 55 year-old's character is thought to be controversial as he accuses the police of improperly investigating a rape case which could be a hate crime.
This instalment will be directed by Mariska Hargitay, who stars in the show as Sergeant Olivia Benson, and is expected to go "head to head" with Baldwin's character, after he interferes with the crime unit's investigation.
Katie Couric will also star in the episode as herself and will interview Baldwin's character.
This announcement comes after the '30 Rock' actor slammed the media, especially in New York, for accusing him of been homophobic and wanting to leave the Big Apple due to the press breaching his privacy.
Hargitay released a statement expressing her excitement to direct the episode and the respect she has for her fellow colleagues.
"I'm thrilled to be directing. It's been a goal of mine for a long time, and it's quite an experience to see it realized. My respect for the process of making this show and telling these important stories deepens with every scene we shoot," she writes.
"I have always been so honored to work with this cast and crew, but never more so than now, as a director collaborating in a new way," Hargitay continues. "And I've watched Alec on screen for so long and always hoped we would be able to work together some day. Having the opportunity to tell this story with him, having him bring his experience, depth, truthfulness, and fierce commitment, honestly feels too good to be true."
The episode, 'Criminal Stories,' will air on Wednesday March 19th at 9 p.m. on NBC.
Baldwin will play a "controversial" newsman in the epsiode