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Alec Baldwin: Sarah Palin "Was Polite And Gracious" In SNL Appearance

Actor Alec Baldwin said on Monday that Sarah Palin was "a good sport" for appearing on 'Saturday Night Live', and NBC bosses certainly aren't complaining after the show had its best ratings in fourteen years.

"Saturday Night Live is a comedy show. It's not Meet the Press. It doesn't 'ask the tough questions' or 'set the agenda'," said Baldwin. "It attempts, with varying degrees of success, to make people laugh. That's it. Whether they skewer and savage people in order to do so, they don't care."

"When you come on a show like that, you are prepared in advance to get worked over. Palin knew that. Palin came on to be a good sport. And she was. She was polite, gracious. More so than some of the famous actors who come through there, believe me."

Baldwin defended SNL's decision to have Palin on the show: "Several people decried SNL for giving her a spot on the show. You're kidding, right? The woman is the Vice Presidential nominee of one of the two major parties in this country. Don't put her on SNL? With all of her exposure and the Tina Fey performance? What reality are you in?"

"If you think an appearance on Saturday Night Live would sway voters and actually affect the outcome of the election, you may have more contempt for the electorate of this country than the Republican National Committee does. And that's a lot of contempt."

Meanwhile, in an interview with a New York TV station, Palin said that she "would do it again in a heartbeat." It most definitely must have been a hilight for the Alaskan governor, especially since her career began in the entertainment/TV industry.

"It was the most welcoming and friendly environment that you could imagine. Everyone was so nice, and you know, you have to have a sense of humor through all of this. You have to have some levity through this. Otherwise, it would really, I think, grind on you and wear you out," she said.

October 21, 2008 |

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