Alec Baldwin is the new target of a Comedy Central roast, which gave Ireland Baldwin the perfect opportunity to publicly shame her father for the infamous voicemail he left in 2007. At the height of his custody battle with ex-wife Kim Basinger, Baldwin called then-11-year-old Ireland a "rude, thoughtless, little pig" in the message. Now 23, Ireland made a light-hearted reference to the message that strained their relationship for years.
"Hi dad, I'm Ireland," she began. "It's good to be here. I almost didn't even know about it because I haven't checked my voicemails from my dad from the last, like, 12 years or something."
Ireland then jokingly said she had a lot in common with the other celebrities called to roast Baldwin, because "I don't really know you that well, either."
"A lot of people know my dad as that guy from the Mission: Impossible movies or that guy from 30 Rock," Ireland joked. "I know him as that guy from like, half of my birthday parties?"
Basinger did not take part in the roast, but Ireland referenced her mother's success compared to Baldwin's.
"It's not easy to be the daughter of an iconic movie star... but I'm not here to talk about my mom and her Oscar," Ireland said, referencing Basinger's Oscar for L.A. Confidential.
Back in 2007, the infamous voicemail leaked to the media, leading Baldwin to issue a public apology.
"I'm sorry, as everyone who knows me is aware, for losing my temper with my child. I have been driven to the edge by parental alienation for many years now," Baldwin said at the time, reports the New York Post. "You have to go through this to understand. (Although I hope you never do.) I am sorry for what happened."
Since then, Baldwin and Ireland have reconciled.
"The only problem with that voicemail was that people made it out to be a way bigger deal than it was. He's said stuff like that before just because he's frustrated," Ireland told the Post in 2012. "For me it was like, 'OK, whatever.' I called him back I was like, 'Sorry, Dad, I didn't have my phone.' That was it."
Ireland also joked about it in a 2015 Instagram post that included her father reading a children's book called If I Were a Pig. "If I were a pig … I would be rude and thoughtless, of course," Ireland added.0comments
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