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Alec Baldwin says Rust tragedy has ‘been very difficult’ in Instagram Christmas message

Alec Baldwin has taken to social media to thank those who “sent [him] such kind words” in the aftermath of the Rust set shooting.

Two days before Christmas, local time, the 63-year-old actor shared a video to his Instagram account with the caption, “Merry Christmas…”

“I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to all the people who sent me such kind words and best wishes and strength and hope and prayers, thoughts and lots of encouragement,” the actor said in the video, which shows him rugged up outside. Watch above.

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Alec Baldwin captioned his video message with, ‘Merry Christmas…’ (Instagram)

“I got hundreds, hundreds of emails from friends, family and colleagues and people I haven’t heard from in quite a while to send me strength and good wishes and so forth. I’m really grateful to them,” he continued.

Baldwin then touched on October’s Rust shooting, which killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, saying: “I’m looking forward to some aspects of this being behind me, of course. For everyone who is involved in this, it’ll never be behind us because someone died so tragically.”

“I never lose sight of that, not a day goes by I don’t think about that,” he said.

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Halyna Hutchins was killed in the October set shooting. (Getty Images for SAGindie)

The 30 Rock star said he was at home with his family, “the only thing [he cares] about.”

“It’s true, I only care about my wife and my kids and moving forward with my life and trying to get through a tough time, a really tough time,” he added.

“I want to say thank you to all the people who sent me good wishes who sent me support. I’m really grateful for that, I feel very awkward going through this, it’s been very difficult,” he said.

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Baldwin said he was at home with his family for Christmas, which is the only thing he cares about. (Getty)

“Whatever holiday you’re celebrating, happy holidays to everybody. I hope that you’re as lucky as I am in one department, that you’re home with your family; I’m home with my family,” Baldwin continued.

Baldwin concluded his message with some advice on the Covid-19 pandemic: “I don’t have anything smart or original to say, just thank you to the people who sent me these great wishes. Be safe, wear a mask, get the booster. Don’t let Santa Claus down the chimney without a mask.”

Last week, it emerged that the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office had obtained a warrant to search Baldwin’s phone as they continued to investigate the fatal shooting.

Detective Alexandria Hancock said investigators were seeking evidence that may help complete a full investigation.

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