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Alec Baldwin returning to TV as a host on Jan. 6 for TCM special

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    November 15, 2013. Actor Alec Baldwin shoves a photographer and tells him to move out of his way after he arrived in his SUV at the building where he lives in New York. (Reuters)

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    Actor Alec Baldwin, left, and his wife Hilaria Baldwin arrive at the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 12th Annual "An Enduring Vision" benefit gala at Cipriani in New York October 15, 2013. (Reuters)

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    Host Alec Baldwin arrives at the 2nd Annual NFL Honors in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 2, 2013. (Reuters)

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    November 15, 2013.Actor Alec Baldwin walks out of his apartment building carrying two dogs in New York. Baldwin assaulted a reporter earlier in the day, according to local media. In the earlier incident, he smacked a mobile phone from the reporter's hands and shoved him against a car. (Reuters)

Alec Baldwin will be back on TV soon.

The hot-tempered actor-- whose MSNBC weekly talk show was shut down after he allegedly used an anti-gay slur in a New York City encounter-- will be hosting TCM’s "Private Screenings" on Jan. 6 to interview Robert Osbourne, according to

Osbourne usually hosts the series but he will be switching chairs to get grilled by Baldwin as part of the network’s 20th anniversary celebration.

Baldwin previously worked with TCM back in 2009 and 2011 as a co-host of a weekly film showcase, which included discussions before and after the flick aired.

Reps for TCM said the former "30 Rock" star was carefully chosen to host the network's special. 

"Turner Classic Movies chose Alec Baldwin to host a special edition of 'Private Screenings' because of his long association with the network, including serving as co-host of 'The Essentials' from 2009 to 2011. Mr. Baldwin is an avid supporter of classic film and film preservation," the network told FOX411.

TCM did not respond to FOX411's inquiries as to whether or not Baldwin's recent controversial antics were taken into account when they selected him as their host. 

On Nov. 26, NBC confirmed that Baldwin’s talk show, “Up Late,” was kaput.

“We are jointly confirming that UP LATE will not continue on MSNBC,” the network and actor's reps said in a joint statement to FOX411.

MSNBC had already suspended Baldwin’s low-rated news program following the actor’s confrontation with a photographer in New York. The series ran for just about a month before it was canceled.