Piers Morgan says Alec Baldwin should speak about shooting ‘in courtroom, not TV interview’

Piers Morgan has hit out at Alec Baldwin for choosing to do the interview
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The former Good Morning Britain host wrote: "His account should be in a courtroom under oath, not a TV interview."

However, some of Piers' 7.9million followers were sceptical about his viewpoint, with one commenting: "You'd be all over that interview if you were offered it."

While another joked: "I take it you were declined the opportunity to interview him first then :)."

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Yet a follower agreed with Piers, commenting: "Giving this interview while all sorts of legal cases are pending is madness and quite frankly titanic hubris from Baldwin."

In a teaser for the upcoming interview tonight, Baldwin says: "She was someone who was loved by everyone who worked with her, liked by everyone she worked with and admired.

“Even now, I find it hard to believe that… it just doesn’t seem real to me.

“I did not pull the trigger. No, no, no, no, no, I would never point a gun at anyone and pull a trigger at them.

“Someone put a live bullet in a gun, a gun that wasn’t even supposed to be on the property,” he added.

Baldwin is in tears during the interview

Stephanopoulos asked: “Is this the worst thing that’s ever happened to you” and Baldwin responded: “Yes. Because I think back and I think what could I have done.”

In a statement released shortly after the incident a distraught Baldwin said he had “no words to convey my shock and sadness”.

The 63-year-old described Halyna as a “wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours”.

He added: "I'm fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family.

Rising star Halyna Hutchins died on set on October 21
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“My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna."

Mother-of-one Ms Hutchins was Director of Photography on the Western movie, which was filming on a 2,000 acre ranch in New Mexico when the tragedy happened on October 21.

No criminal charges have been filed in the case, but investigations are still ongoing.

Just this week it emerged that the bullet fired by Alec on the Rust film set may have been homemade.

Court documents filed by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office state the bullet was supplied by a New Mexico armorer from a previous movie where the ammunition was used to train actors at a firing range.

Baldwin with Rust co-star Jensen Ackles and Halyna Hutchins

Detectives are now investigating whether Seth Kenny, a 51-year-old Hollywood movie veteran who was supposed to provide dummy rounds and blanks, could have been given recycled bullets from another film set.

Alec has said that when he was handed the weapon he thought it was “cold” – meaning he didn’t think there was live ammunition in it.

He has since called for police to be present on film sets in future to monitor the safe use of weapons and avoid a tragedy like this ever happening again.

The emotional interview will air tonight in the US
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Posting on social media, Baldwin said: “Every film/TV set that uses guns, fake or otherwise, should have a police officer on set, hired by the production, to specifically monitor weapons safety."

Normally, it is the responsibility of a set's props master or armorer to ensure firearms safety on a film or TV set.

Baldwin has previously rejected claims that the Rust set was unsafe. The solicitors of the film’s armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed say they are conducting an investigation to discover if a live bullet was put in the dummy box on purpose.

Filming on Rust has been halted indefinitely and it is not thought the movie will ever be completed.