The host, who was allegedly scolded by Alec Baldwin at the 2023 PEN Americas Spring Literary Gala last week, claims to have called him a “peasant” as he walked away.
The woman, who did not want to be named, tells Page Six that the alleged incident began when the “30 Rock” alum blocked the servers’ path as dinner began to be served.
“I’m a crawl leader,” he explains, “which is basically when I tell waiters when to drop the plates, and we have to do it in a specific order.”
“I was going to feed the head of the table but that’s who he was talking to, so I went over to him and said, ‘I’m sorry sir, but we’re going to have servers roaming between the tables.’ Wait a minute.””
He adds that he understands that Baldwin, 65, wants to have sex with his friend, but “me and my hosts have a job to do.”
He says the comment angered the hot-headed actor.
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“When is the best time to talk to my friends?” He claims that Baldwin asked arrogantly.
The host shares that she “didn’t expect such a reaction” and openly claimed she was “very agitated” and even asked, “Do I have to explain this to you?”
He said there was no need for explanation as he didn’t want to make the situation worse.
“Well then step aside,” the star of The Departed allegedly said.
“Then many of my colleagues came up to me and said, ‘Do you know what he said when you were leaving?’ I didn’t understand because I was focused on my job, but apparently he was calling me a peasant,” she says, “and he was clearly angry because I politely said ‘Excuse me’.”
She notes that the rude behavior didn’t extend to the other guests at the glittering gala.
“I said ‘Excuse me’ to Colin Jost and he was so sweet about it,” she shares. “Oh, sorry,” he said, and stepped aside.
“So I know it’s not a celebrity thing. Maybe it’s the way people were brought up? Who knows what makes bitter people bitter.”
The host says he’s not nervous about getting into trouble because of the incident.
“What can he say?” said. “I approached him politely, basically doing my job.”
Last week, a separate source claimed that the player was “scoring” the server, adding that it was a “quick” interaction that went unnoticed by many.
Earlier in the evening, Baldwin made a loving display with his wife, 39-year-old Hilaria, for their first red carpet appearance since the “Rust” shooting charges were dropped last month.
Baldwin’s representatives did not respond to our numerous attempts to comment on the alleged incident.