Steve Carell is leaving NBC. Is Alec Baldwin next?

NBC and The Office fans everywhere fielded a blow last week when Steve Carell confirmed he'll be leaving the comedy after the completion of season 7 in May 2011. This week, it seems another leading man from the network might be following in Carell's footsteps: 30 Rock's Alec Baldwin. As much as I like acting, a seemingly sad and sincere Baldwin told CNN's Alina Cho earlier this week (see clip embedded after the jump), I know that I would love to have a different life. A private life. I think that doing this now for a living has become really, really hard. I would rather go do other things, and [with] whatever amount of time I have left in my life, have a normal life. Of course, Baldwin leaving the comedy after his contract expires in 2012 isn't exactly news - last summer in a Playboy interview, when asked how long he'd stay with 30 Rock he responded, I've got three more years to go. Yet, is it wrong that we're still holding out hope, considering the fact that Baldwin insisted he wanted to leave the show all the way back in 2008 - and clearly didn't? (Sure, it was probably because he couldn't get out of his contract, but still.)

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