Alec Baldwin agrees with lots of fans — season five of 30 Rock wasn’t the show’s best.
As the show prepares to air its final episode Jan. 31, Baldwin spoke with Rolling Stone as part of a 30 Rock cover story, and — in typical Baldwin form — spoke out about what he perceived as a relative shortcoming. “It was the low point,” Baldwin told the magazine about season five of the comedy. “Though even anemic 30 Rock writing is still better than everybody else’s writing. I go, ‘I’m going to get the f*** out of here, I’m done,’ because I’m an employee, I don’t have any say. So season 5 ends, and I’m saying ‘Next year, I’m done,’ then I come back, and season 6 is really good, we all had fun again.”
Although Baldwin didn’t think very much Reaganing was going on during season 5, that season certainly had some great moments, bringing fans most of Liz Lemon’s relationship with Carol (Matt Damon), as well as the first Queen of Jordan “reality” show, and, actually, the term “Reaganing.” And while Baldwin ultimately decided to got back on board — and later in the interview said he would have been up for even a “season 9, 10, 11” — he recognized that Fey’s decision to end the show now was the right choice.
“Tina always had her antenna up,” he said to the magazine. “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***ing wiped out.”
Elsewhere in the article, Fey herself summed up a lot of fans’ feelings when she explained 30 Rock‘s significance: “I feel like we made a lot of good episodes of the kind of show that usually gets cancelled,” she said. “The kind where there’s 20 episodes and ‘only me and my hipster friends know about it.’ That part’s still true. But we made about 140 of them!”