The actor says his angry voicemail came from a "deep and seemingly endless frustration"

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated April 27, 2007 03:20 PM

Alec Baldwin pleaded his case to some sympathetic ears on Friday: the stars of The View.

During his session on the couch with Barbara Walters, Rosie O’Donnell, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Joy Behar, the 30 Rock star, 49, cracked only one joke, saying that after his angry voicemail to daughter Ireland was made public, he received a bouquet of flowers from recently fired shock jock Don Imus.

On a more somber note, Baldwin apologized to Ireland and insisted that his anger was rooted in “deep and seemingly endless frustration” with someone else. (He never mentioned ex-wife Kim Basinger by name because, he said, he’d been instructed by his lawyers not to – and besides, he added, he didn’t want to.)

He also talked about wanting out of his 30 Rock contract. “Listen,” he said, “I don’t want the show to get hurt.” But he said he’d rather spend his time dealing with the impact of divorce litigation on children, and added: “If I never acted again, I couldn’t care less.”

(On Friday, he elaborated on his Web site: “Lately, I am feeling that a commitment to parents’ rights, and those of fathers in particular, makes show business seem inappropriate. I would like to try to effect change in that area and, understandably, enjoy a less public life along the way.”)

Basinger has said through her rep that she hopes Baldwin will “finally address his unstable and irrational behavior so he, at some point, can potentially create a relationship with his daughter.”

For more on Baldwin’s View appearance, click here.