Alec Baldwin Responds to Dr. Phil's Offer of Help

Apr 26, 2007, 01:00 ET from Dr. Phil

    HOLLYWOOD, Calif., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- When Dr. Phil McGraw
 appeared this past Tuesday on LARRY KING LIVE to weigh in on the
 psychological aspects of the Alec Baldwin-Kim Basinger marital dispute,
 following the leak of a voice mail tirade Baldwin had left for his
 11-year-old daughter, McGraw told King that he would be willing to sit down
 with the couple and their daughter Ireland "to resolve this situation." But
 Dr. Phil added: "Not in front of cameras, not on my show, our show or
 anybody else's show, but behind closed doors."
     Apparently Alec Baldwin was one of the million viewers who watched and
 heard what McGraw offered, because this morning, he phoned Dr. Phil for a
 far-reaching, intense conversation about how he feels about his privacy
 being violated, how he feels about his daughter, and how he intends to
 correct course in the volatile proceedings that have been ongoing for 5
 years between Baldwin and his ex-wife, Oscar winning actress Kim Basinger
 -- catching their young daughter Ireland squarely in the middle.
     McGraw, who also reached out privately to Ms. Basinger, revealed today
 to ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT co-anchor Mark Steines that the actor called him
 on his cell in response to Dr. Phil's offer to talk him, his wife and
 daughter through this: "I had a private conversation with Alec. He was
 watching when I addressed these issues on LARRY KING LIVE and was heartened
 by the offer because his number-one priority is to create peace and
 tranquility in his daughter's life. The offer to get that done from
 somebody who gets it, meant a lot to him. Some things we talked about in
 confidence, but some things he has allowed me to share."
     According to Dr. Phil, Baldwin insisted that "without reservation he
 recognized the inappropriate nature of his comments to his daughter, and
 using her as the misguided target for his frustrations. One of his fears is
 that people, including the court, would have the misconception that this
 characterizes his persona as a father. It was out-of-character for him to
 do what he did."
     But Baldwin wanted to make one thing perfectly clear to Dr. Phil, which
 he permitted him to share. "He told me he is completely and totally
 committed to continuing his fight to have access to a full and healthy
 ongoing relationship with his daughter." McGraw says Baldwin told him he
 was not trying to fix a broken relationship with his daughter because he
 doesn't have a broken relationship.
     Baldwin also revealed that while he would like the freedom to focus on
 his daughter, that his starring role in NBC's comedy "30 Rock" is
 inconsistent with that desire, but he did tell Dr. Phil that he intended to
 honor his contract.
     McGraw hastens to add that "there is a lot more to this story than
 meets the eye, but in confidence, I cannot share these things." But McGraw
 did say that Baldwin vowed to him that he "was undaunted [by the release of
 the voice mail] and he was going to fight this till his last breath."