How long can Alec Baldwin play Donald Trump on ‘SNL’?

Given Alec Baldwin’s recent on- and offscreen troubles, is his most high-profile job — playing President Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live” — still secure?

Baldwin first played Trump on the NBC sketch show in October 2016, and has made nearly two dozen appearances doing the impression since then. In that time, Baldwin won an Emmy for best supporting actor in a comedy series for the role in 2017 and was nominated in the same category in 2018.

Baldwin has seemed to go back and forth on how long he wants to keep the appearances up, though. In an interview on the podcast “Origins With James Andrew Miller” back in September, Baldwin said, “I think I’m going to do some of it, but not a whole lot” in reference to how many appearances he would make as Trump on the current season of “SNL.” In that same interview, he also said, “You can’t go far enough with this idiot. You can’t go far enough. You can’t go far enough.” Thus far, Baldwin has only made one appearance as Trump this season, in a cold open parodying Kanye West’s visit to the Oval Office.

A source close to Baldwin said that given his close relationship with “SNL” producer Lorne Michaels, he would be unlikely to walk away from the role against Michaels’ wishes.

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SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1742 'Chadwick Boseman' -- Pictured: Alec Baldwin as President Donald Trump during 'Trump Baltic States Cold Open' in Studio 8H on Saturday, April 7, 2018 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1734 -- Pictured: (l-r) Leslie Jones as Omarosa Manigault, Alec Baldwin as President Donald J. Trump during 'White House Tree Trimming Cold Open' in Studio 8H on Saturday, December 16, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1734 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alec Baldwin as President Donald J. Trump, Cecily Strong as First Lady Melania Trump, Scarlett Johansson as Ivanka Trump during 'White House Tree Trimming Cold Open' in Studio 8H on Saturday, December 16, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1732 -- Pictured: (l-r) Cecily Strong as First Lady Melania Trump, Alec Baldwin as President Donald J. Trump during 'White House Cold Open' in Studio 8H on Saturday, December 2, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1732 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alec Baldwin as President Donald J. Trump, Mikey Day as Michael Flynn during 'White House Cold Open' in Studio 8H on Saturday, December 2, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1732 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kate McKinnon as Hillary Rodham Clinton, Alec Baldwin as President Donald J. Trump during 'White House Cold Open' in Studio 8H on Saturday, December 2, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1729 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alec Baldwin as President, Donald J. Trump, Kate McKinnon as Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, Alex Moffat as Paul Manafort, Beck Bennett as Vice President, Mike Pence during 'Manafort's House Cold Open' in Studio 8H on Saturday, November 4, 2017 -- (Photo by: (Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1729 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alex Moffat as Paul Manafort, Alec Baldwin as President, Donald J. Trump during 'Manafort's House Cold Open' in Studio 8H on Saturday, November 4, 2017 -- (Photo by: (Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Kumail Nanjiani' Episode 1728 -- Pictured: Alec Baldwin as President Donald J. Trump during 'Trucker Rally Cold Open' on Saturday, October 14, 2017 in Studio 8H -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Ryan Gosling' Episode 1726 -- Pictured: (l-r) Aidy Bryant as White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Alec Baldwin as President of the United States Donald Trump during 'Cold Open' in studio 8H on September 30, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Dwayne Johnson' Episode 1725 -- Pictured: (l-r) advisor Steve Bannon, Aidy Bryant as Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Beck Bennett as Vice President Pence, Cecily Strong as First Lady Melania Trump, Alec Baldwin as President Donald J. Trump, Scarlett Johansson as Ivanka Trump, Kate McKinnon as Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, Alex Moffat, Mikey Day in 'Hallelujah Cold Open' in Studio 8H on May 20, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Melissa McCarthy' Episode 1724 -- Pictured: (l-r) Melissa McCarthy as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, Alec Baldwin as President Donald Trump during 'Spicer Returns' in Studio 8H on May 13, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Melissa McCarthy' Episode 1724 -- Pictured: (l-r) Melissa McCarthy as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, Alec Baldwin as President Donald Trump during 'Spicer Returns' in Studio 8H on May 13, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Jimmy Fallon' Episode 1722 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jimmy Fallon as Jared Kushner, and Alec Baldwin as President Donald Trump during the 'Trump Cold Open' sketch on April 15, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Louis C.K.' Episode 1721 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alec Baldwin as President Donald Trump during the 'Trump People's Cold Open' on April 8, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Scarlett Johansson' Episode 1720 -- Pictured: Alec Baldwin as President Donald Trump during the 'Alien Attack' Cold Open on March 11, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Alec Baldwin' Episode 1718 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alec Baldwin as President Donald Trump during the 'Trump People's Court' sketch on February 11, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Felicity Jones' Episode 1715 -- Pictured: (l-r) Cecily Strong as a lawyer and Alec Baldwin as President Elect Donald J. Trump during the Trump Press Conference Cold Open on January 14th, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Kristen Wiig' Episode 1711 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump and Beck Bennett as Mike Pence during the 'Donald Trump Prepares Cold Open' sketch on November 19, 2016 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Kristen Wiig' Episode 1711 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump and Bobby Moynihan as Peter Chocksell during the 'Donald Trump Prepares Cold Open' sketch on November 19, 2016 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Kristen Wiig' Episode 1711 -- Pictured: Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump during the 'Donald Trump Prepares Cold Open' sketch on November 19, 2016 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Emma Stone' Episode 1712 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kate McKinnon as Kellyanne Conway, Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump, and Beck Bennett as Mike Pence during the 'Classroom Cold Open' sketch on December 3, 2016 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Casey Affleck' Episode 1714 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kate McKinnon as Kellyanne Conway, Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump, and Cecily Strong as Melania Trump during the 'Donald Trump Christmas Cold Open' sketch on December 17, 2016 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Casey Affleck' Episode 1714 -- Pictured: (l-r) John Goodman as Rex Tillerson, Beck Bennett as Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump during the 'Donald Trump Christmas Cold Open' sketch on December 17, 2016 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Benedict Cumberbatch' Episode 1709 -- Pictured: (l-r) Beck Bennett as Russian President Vladimir Putin and Alec Baldwin as Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump during the 'Hillary Clinton / Donald Trump Cold Open' sketch on November 5, 2016 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Benedict Cumberbatch' Episode 1709 -- Pictured: Alec Baldwin as Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump during the 'Hillary Clinton / Donald Trump Cold Open' sketch on November 5, 2016 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Benedict Cumberbatch' Episode 1709 -- Pictured: (l-r) A Ku Klux Klan member and Alec Baldwin as Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump during the 'Hillary Clinton / Donald Trump Cold Open' sketch on November 5, 2016 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Benedict Cumberbatch' Episode 1709 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alec Baldwin as Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump and Kate McKinnon as Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton during the 'Hillary Clinton / Donald Trump Cold Open' sketch on November 5, 2016 -- (Photo by: Alex Schaefer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Benedict Cumberbatch' Episode 1709 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alec Baldwin as Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump and Kate McKinnon as Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton during the 'Hillary Clinton / Donald Trump Cold Open' sketch on November 5, 2016 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Benedict Cumberbatch' Episode 1709 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kate McKinnon as Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton and Alec Baldwin as Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump during the 'Hillary Clinton / Donald Trump Cold Open' sketch on November 5, 2016 -- (Photo by: Alex Schaefer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Margot Robbie' Episode 1705 -- Pictured: Alec Baldwin as Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump during the 'Debate Cold Open' sketch on October 1, 2016 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Margot Robbie' Episode 1705 -- Pictured: Alec Baldwin as Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump during the 'Debate Cold Open' sketch on October 1, 2016 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Lin-Manuel Miranda' Episode 1706 -- Pictured: Alec Baldwin as Republican Prudential Candidate Donald Trump during the 'VP Debate Cold Open' sketch on October 8, 2016 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Emily Blunt' Episode 1707 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kate McKinnon as Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton and Alec Baldwin as Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump during the 'Debate Cold Open' sketch on October 15, 2016 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Emily Blunt' Episode 1707 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alec Baldwin as Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump and Kate McKinnon as Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton during the 'Debate Cold Open' sketch on October 15, 2016 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Emily Blunt' Episode 1707 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alec Baldwin as Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump and Kate McKinnon as Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton during the 'Debate Cold Open' sketch on October 15, 2016 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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Yet there are questions of Baldwin’s ability to portray the chaos of the Trump administration given the current tumult in his own personal life. Baldwin was arrested at the beginning of November in New York over an incident in which he and another man got into an argument over a parking space. It was alleged that Baldwin punched the other man during the argument, a claim that Baldwin has called “false” and “egregiously misstated.”

Baldwin’s self-titled talk show at ABC recently bit the dust as well. “The Alec Baldwin Show” was ordered for nine episodes in February, which included a special preview episode featuring guests Jerry Seinfeld and Kate McKinnon that aired in March ahead of the official launch in October. The show failed to find an audience, averaging a meager 0.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 2.3 million viewers in Live+7 to date. Earlier this week, ABC announced they were moving the show from Sundays to the Saturday night death slot to finish out its run.

Ironically, Baldwin’s previous attempt at a talk show ran for an almost identical timeframe back in 2013. Baldwin hosted “Up Late With Alec Baldwin” for MSNBC, with that show also launching in October. However, after an incident in which Baldwin allegedly used an anti-gay slur against a reporter, MSNBC suspended him for two weeks before ultimately cancelling the show in November.

Still, it’s not a monumental loss for Baldwin or ABC, considering the show cost relatively little to make given its format. As Variety reported in October, Baldwin makes $300,000 per episode of the talk show, while he makes $3 million annually for hosting the ABC revival of “Match Game.” Last year, Baldwin and his company, El Dorado Pictures, signed a two-year first-look deal with ABC.

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