Bill Clinton makes unexpected appearance to honor Alec Baldwin at Spike TV's 'One Night Only'

The President of the United States is a huge fan of Alec Baldwin. No, no, not that one.

Former U.S. president Bill Clinton made a surprise appearance Sunday night at New York's Apollo Theater, shocking the audience and guest of honor Alec Baldwin. The moment capped off an already-unpredictable evening at Spike TV's "One Night Only: Alec Baldwin," during which Baldwin's famous family and friends mercilessly roasted him onstage.

A floored Baldwin greeted President Clinton with a hug before Clinton paid a heartfelt tribute, acknowledging the actor's "astonishing range" -- and then pivoting from Baldwin's professional life to his personal one.

"My most enduring memory of all the conversations we ever had is the first time I came to his home for an event, and he told me his story," Clinton said. "The son of Carol ... and his dad, Alexander, who was a high school teacher and the pillar of his community. They taught him -- this is what I remember -- 'We didn't have a lot of money, but they taught me that every person has an obligation to be a good and caring citizen.' I never forgot it."

Although certainly not much of a roast, especially compared to an earlier speech by his daughter Ireland Baldwin, the good-natured tribute was a fitting final touch on a night that highlighted Baldwin's massive philanthropic efforts as much as his Hollywood career.

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25: Alec Baldwin and Former United States President Bill Clinton attend 'Spike's One Night Only: Alec Baldwin' at The Apollo Theater on June 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Spike)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25: Alec Baldwin and Former United States President Bill Clinton attend 'Spike's One Night Only: Alec Baldwin' at The Apollo Theater on June 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Spike)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25: Billy Baldwin and Daniel Baldwin attend 'Spike's One Night Only: Alec Baldwin' at The Apollo Theater on June 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25: (L-R) Alec Baldwin, Hilaria Baldwin, Daniel Baldwin and Billy Baldwin pose onstage during 'Spike's One Night Only: Alec Baldwin' at The Apollo Theater on June 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Spike)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25: Jack McBrayer and Daniel Baldwin attend 'Spike's One Night Only: Alec Baldwin' at The Apollo Theater on June 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Spike)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25: Hilaria Baldwin and Carmen Gabriela Baldwin speak onstage during 'Spike's One Night Only: Alec Baldwin' at The Apollo Theater on June 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Spike)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25: (L-R) Jack McBrayer, Robert De Niro, Julianne Moore, Jane Krakowski and Tracy Morgan pose onstage during 'Spike's One Night Only: Alec Baldwin' at The Apollo Theater on June 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Spike)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25: Ireland Baldwin speaks onstage during 'Spike's One Night Only: Alec Baldwin' at The Apollo Theater on June 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Spike)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25: Jane Krakowski speaks onstage during 'Spike's One Night Only: Alec Baldwin' at The Apollo Theater on June 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Spike)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25: Tracy Morgan speaks onstage during 'Spike's One Night Only: Alec Baldwin' at The Apollo Theater on June 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Spike)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25: Jack McBrayer speaks onstage during 'Spike's One Night Only: Alec Baldwin' at The Apollo Theater on June 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Spike)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25: Robert De Niro speaks onstage during 'Spike's One Night Only: Alec Baldwin' at The Apollo Theater on June 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Spike)
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On the red carpet, Baldwin told AOL he was thrilled to have so much of his extended family in attendance. "I don't get to see them as much anymore," he said. "Since my wife and I have three kids, I don't travel as much anymore, so I'm so happy to see everyone here tonight."

Earlier in the evening, Baldwin's oldest daughter, Ireland, gave a much more raucous speech, poking fun at the infamous voicemail her dad left her more than a decade ago.

"I'm here to roast this big old ham I call my father," she began. "Speaking of pigs..."

The star-studded event also featured a roast from Robert DeNiro, as well as hilarious tributes from Baldwin's "30 Rock" co-stars Jane Krakowski, Jack McBrayer and Tracy Morgan -- who jokingly said that Baldwin gave him the bright idea to drive late at night in 2014 because "there are less Walmart trucks on the road." (Morgan has since made an incredible recovery.)

"One Night Only: Alec Baldwin" airs Sunday, July 9 at 9:00 PM, ET/PT on Spike TV.

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Model Hailey Baldwin attends the 2017 NBA Awards Live on TNT on June 26, 2017 in New York, New York. 27111_002 (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for TNT)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Model Hailey Rhode Baldwin attends the 2017 NBA Awards live on TNT on June 26, 2017 in New York, New York. 27111_003 (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for TNT)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Model Hailey Baldwin attends the 2017 NBA Awards Live on TNT on June 26, 2017 in New York, New York. 27111_002 (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for TNT)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Hailey Baldwin arrives at the red carpet at the NBA Awards Show on June 26, 2017 at Basketball City at Pier 36 in New York City, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: NBA player, Dirk Nowitzki and Hailey Baldwin present the Most Improved Player Award on stage during the 2017 NBA Awards Live On TNT on June 26, 2017 in New York City. 27111_001 (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for TNT )
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Hailey Baldwin attends the 2017 NBA Awards at Basketball City - Pier 36 - South Street on June 26, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Hailey Rhode Baldwin attends the 2017 NBA Awards at Basketball City - Pier 36 - South Street on June 26, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gonzalo Marroquin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Hailey Rhode Baldwin attends the 2017 NBA Awards at Basketball City - Pier 36 - South Street on June 26, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gonzalo Marroquin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
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