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OTRC: Alec Baldwin says '30 Rock' to end in 2012?

Alec Baldwin appears in 2010 promotional photo for the NBC series '30 Rock.' (Art Streiber/ NBC)

Alec Baldwin has reportedly said that the Emmy-winning NBC series "30 Rock" will end in 2012, although the network has not confirmed this.

Baldwin has often talked about retiring from acting after his contract with the show, which stars creator Tina Fey, expires next year.

"Our show next year is our last year of the show," New York magazine quoted Baldwin, 53, as saying at the National Dance Institute's recent annual fund-raising gala, which honored him for his commitment to the art and culture of New York City. "Our contracts are expired, and Tina is gonna have a big career directing films and writing."

Fey and NBC spokespeople have not commented on the report. "30 Rock" began in 2006 and is loosely based on Fey's experiences on the NBC sketch comedy show "Saturday Night Live." The show has won 14 Emmy Awards, including "Best Comedy Series."

On "30 Rock," Fey plays TV writer Liz Lemon, while Baldwin portrays her boss, Jack Donaghy. The show is on its fifth season and has been renewed for a sixth.

Ratings peaked in late 2008 and early 2009, soon after Fey parodied Sarah Palin, a Republican former governor of Alaska who is seen as a possible 2012 presidential candidate, during guest stints on "Saturday Night Live."

Fey said in her new memoir, which was released on Tuesday, that her impressions of Palin may have hurt ratings for her current show "30 Rock."

Baldwin has also hinted about running for office after he leaves "30 Rock." In January, the actor told former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer on his CNN show that a career in politics is "something I'm very, very interested in."

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