“[I was] very serious … I spoke to a lot of professionals, who helped me … If I committed suicide, they [Kim Basinger"s team] would have considered that a victory. Destroying me was their avowed goal," Fox News quoted him as saying. The actor also revealed that the situation not only nearly drove him to quit his hit NBC show, but also to avoid certain gossip sites and talk shows, like the “Today Show".
“…When that voice-mail tape thing happened, Matt Lauer interviewed [Harvey] Levin [of TMZ] before he even called me," he said. “Lauer put Levin on Today, and they never phoned me … I saw that and said, 'My relationship with the Today show is over." I"ll never do Today again, ever. Life"s too short," he recalled.
Baldwin has since patched things up with his daughter Ireland, and he said he had gone on “The View" because he trusted his friend Whoopi Goldberg to give him “a fair shake." “Whoopi is an impeccably decent person, and I am grateful she gave me a forum," he added.