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Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey have worked together on NBC’s 30 Rock for all seven seasons, but that working relationship almost came to an abrupt end following the show’s creative slump in season five.
“It was the low point,” the real Jack Donaghy told Rolling Stone in this week’s new issue. “Though even anemic 30 Rock writing is still better than everybody else's writing. I go, 'I'm going to get the f**k out of here, I'm done,' because I'm an employee, I don't have any say.”
He continued, “So Season Five ends, and I'm saying 'Next year, I'm done,' then I come back, and Season Six is really good, we all had fun again.”
Entertainment Weekly notes that 30 Rock’s writers won back Baldwin’s confidence with season six and he thought that the show could even keep going past season seven.
“F**k, I'll stay here seasons Nine, 10 and 11,” he told Rolling Stone he thought at the time. He almost signed for season eight. “I don't think they wanted me...They just wanted to know they had the option to have me,” he said.
Still, he agrees with Fey’s decision to end the show now. “Tina always had her antenna up,” he said. “But this year was the first time she came in and laid down on the couch on set, and you could tell, she's a mom. She's f**king wiped out.”
You can read the full interview in Rolling Stones' new issue, which hits newsstands on Friday.
30 Rock’s final season ends on Jan. 31.