"30 Rock" teeters at "The Beginning of The End"

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 28: Actors Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin attend the Museum of the Moving Image salute to Alec Baldwin at Cipriani 42nd Street on February 28, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Tina Fey;Alec Baldwin Stephen Lovekin

Now, he tells us.

With the start of a seventh and final season of "30 Rock" just hours away, actor Alec Baldwin took to Twitter to say he was willing to do a season eight.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Baldwin, who has often in the past hinted that he might leave the show that earned him his two Emmys, posted this tweet on Thursday: "I offered NBC to cut my pay 20% in order to have a full 7th and 8th seasons of 30 Rock. I realize times have changed."

His co-star Tina Fay also has said in recent interviews that Baldwin has been acting nostalgic and asking about a season eight when he talks to the show's cast and crew.

"30 Rock," which has gotten nine Emmy nominations (three wins) and eight Golden Globe nods (four wins) since it went on the air in 2008, starts its final season Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

The episode is aptly named "The Beginning of the End" and reportedly involves plans for a bachelorette party.

The coming season is expected to include a cameo by Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, an episode featuring Catherine O'Hara as Kenneth's mom and "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston as her friend Ron, and the return of Maulik Pancholy as Jack's assistant.

The show was celebrated on the eve of its final-season launch with a party hosted by NBC and Entertainment Weekly and sponsored by Garnier Nutrisse.

Baldwin wasn't at the red-carpet gala, but most of the cast was, including Katrina Bowden, Jane Krakowski and Tina Fey who was accompanied by her husband, Jeff Richmond. Also attending were Jack McBrayer, Tracy Morgan, Judah Friedlander, Maulik Pancholy, Kevin Brown, and Grizz Chapman.

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