The Baldwin family has found itself the center of another controversy. And Dan Le Batard can relate.
It recently emerged that Alec Baldwin’s wife, Hilaria Baldwin, who has played up her supposed Spanish heritage, was known to her high school classmates as a white girl from Cambridge with no Spanish accent whatsoever.
Hilaria Baldwin Criticized As Poseur
In the wake of said controversy, Creative Artists Agency, which represents Hilaria, removed from its website biographical information that said she was born in Mallorca, Spain.
Hilaria herself picked her words carefully in an April 2020 interview about her past.
“I moved here when I was 19 to go to NYU,” Hilaria said.
“From?” the interviewer asked.
“From—my family lives in Spain,” Hilaria said.
Dan Le Batard Has A Confession to Make
So now, along comes Dan Le Batard of ESPN with his own confession.
But first, some background: Le Batard is leaving ESPN in January after 22 years with the company. The last episode of his radio show, “The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz,” is set to broadcast on Jan. 4. He will make his final appearance on his TV show, “Highly Questionable,” which he hosted with his father, Gonazlo ‘Papi’ Le Batard, also on Jan. 4.
“This is hugely embarrassing, right before we leave ESPN, but I figured I’d come clean as a preventive measure before those sewage treatment plants, the New York Post and TMZ, get a hold of this and distort it,” Le Batard began. “I just wanted to tell you personally… that, uh, I’m not Hispanic. And my father is not Hispanic.”
“My father is, uh – this is hard to say – he’s a paid actor from Des Moines,” Le Batard went on. “His real name is Doug.”
“You know, we carried on the lie for a long time because it was profitable, and it got away from us,” he added. “So, Doug and I are deeply sorry.”