The Training Day star was selected to deliver an honorary graduation speech at his son Malcolm's University of Pennsylvania last May (11) and Washington confesses he was so daunted by the task, he commissioned the politician's right-hand man for the project to help ease his stress.
He says, "First of all, I'm in South Africa (filming a movie) and I'm putting my ideas together, I'm really working hard, then I realise I'm not really a speechmaker. I didn't know how to put it together. So actually my young agent said, 'Hey, you need a speechwriter.' So I actually got the guy who writes speeches for Mayor Bloomberg.
"What you do is you get on the phone with him and we talk for hours and hours and he gets a sense for what I wanted to talk about. And then he would write something and I would read it, then you would talk some more, and I would come up with something."
And when the time came to take to the podium, the actor reveals he was glad he had some guidance.
He adds, "I talked about my life and I talked about failing big and falling forward... I think it was alright. I was nervous. I'm an actor, I'm not a public speaker, I didn't have character to hide behind. It seemed like it went over well. They said it was well-received. I guess what else are they gonna say? 'You suck, we'll never see you again.'"
The 100th episode of the series, set in Manhattan, is due to air in the U.S. on Monday (30Jan12), and to mark the milestone Bloomberg headed to the Silvercup Studios set on Thursday (26Jan12).
Stars including Blake Lively, Penn Badgley and Kelly Rutherford met the mayor, and he's delighted with the interest they've generated in the Big Apple.
He says, "Here's a hot tip for Gossip Girl: Spotted - 100,000 New Yorkers making a living from the film and television industry. Could 2011 have been the City's busiest year ever for television production?
"We're proud to be home to employers like Gossip Girl, Warner Bros. and Silvercup Studios, and I want to congratulate Gossip Girl on its 100th episode and nearly five seasons of generating jobs and drawing fans to New York."
And the cast was overjoyed with Bloomberg's approval - in a post on Twitter.com, actor Matthew Settle writes, "The mayor was funny. Pretended to be a casual GG fan but then knew all this detail about the show!", while Kaylee DeFer added, "Mayor Bloomberg just honored us with our own day! Happy Gossip Girl Day!"
The singer/actress has been vocal in her support of a PETA campaign to ban the tourist trots around Central Park and has even written to Bloomberg asking him to approve a bill replacing the carriages with classic cars.
Now Michele, who was born in the Bronx, admits she can no longer face life in the city as long as the institution is still running.
In a post on her Twitter.com page, she writes, "New York, u know how much I love you. But if I see another horse & carriage struggling in this winter weather I may not be able 2 be here."
Michele has also asked her fans to join in the cause, adding, "Please tweet to Mike Bloomberg if you agree that horse and carriages should no longer be on the busy streets of NYC. And let's end this. Mike Bloomberg, please listen to the thousands of people who are saying that they no longer want horse & carriage rides in this city."
The actor revealed earlier this year (11) that he was considering swapping acting for politics and wanted to run in the 2013 election as a Democrat in a bid to succeed current mayor Michael Bloomberg.
But now Baldwin has decided against the idea, revealing on his weekly WNYC radio podcast, "I've lost my appetite."
The actor is blaming other candidates for putting him off with their eagerness to land the position.
He adds, "They're like a guy on a date that you can tell he just can't wait to get his hand up your blouse before even the lights go out in the theatre. They're all just so horny for it."
Baldwin is also keen to keep his role on hit U.S. sitcom 30 Rock, because he no longer believes it would be worth quitting his career to attempt to make a change in society.
He adds, "Give this up (the show) for what? I give up money and fame and position and success; I give up this wonderful life I have now in exchange for the chance to 'really change things'?
"Yeah, I'm not quite sure you can anymore. I've got a good job. Am I doing To Kill a Mockingbird? No. I'm doing a sitcom. But we have fun, and it's a family."
Demonstrators turned Zuccotti Park in downtown Manhattan into a camp site in September (11) as they campaigned against corporate greed.
Their numbers swelled within two months and riot police were called in to evacuate the privately-owned park in the early hours of 15 November (11) under the instruction of Bloomberg, who claimed the masses had become a danger to public health and safety.
Activists have since been allowed to re-enter the park, which is now barricaded and heavily guarded by cops and security guards, but they have been forbidden to set up tents there.
Protesters are now calling on supporters to add their names to an online petition addressed to Bloomberg and New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly asking them to remove the barriers to allow easier access for demonstrators to freely gather at the site - and human rights activist Farrow's signature is among them.
The petition letter reads: "Zuccotti Park was ambushed by police in riot gear on Monday, November 15th, 2011. Mayor Bloomberg gave a high-profile press conference 'welcoming' the protesters to return to Zuccotti Park to exercise their 'freedom to assemble'. The park is wall to wall barricades, police and security guards. Give us back our park. Whose Park? Our Park."
The Occupy Wall Street movement, which has now spread to major cities around the world, has not been short of star support - rocker Tom Morello, rap mogul Russell Simmons, and newly-engaged actress Anne Hathaway are among the stars who have taken part in demonstrations for the cause.
Philbin and presenter Kelly Ripa walked out hand-in-hand for the final time on Friday (18Nov11) and they were met with a standing ovation from a star-studded crowd which had gathered to bid the 80 year old farewell.
The programme capped off months of heartfelt celebrity tributes to the TV host from the likes of Robert DeNiro, Ben Affleck and Michael Douglas, and on Friday, Philbin was presented with a key to the city of New York from Mayor Michael Bloomberg as a choked up Ripa held back tears.
The TV icon began shooting the show, formerly known as Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee, in 1983 with former singer Kathie Lee Gifford and the two delighted viewers until 2000, when Gifford left her post. She was replaced by former All My Children soap star Ripa in 2001.
Funnyman Jerry Seinfeld will join Ripa on Monday (21Nov11) as producers search for a more permanent replacement.
The former Baywatch beauty wants devotees to join her and Glee star Lea Michele in signing an online petition for the New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Streets organisation in a bid to persuade Mayor Michael Bloomberg to outlaw the traditional carriage ride.
Two horses have collapsed within days of one another while transporting passengers across Manhattan and Anderson wants something done about it before the tourist attraction claims the life of another mammal.
In a post on her Facebook.com page, she writes, "For the second time in less than two weeks, a carriage horse has collapsed on a Manhattan street. Horses do not belong in a congested, urban setting where they are constantly breathing exhaust and sharing the streets with cars, buses and taxis."
Fellow animal lover Michele drew attention to the issue by penning an open letter to Bloomberg last month (Oct11) after hearing about how one carriage horse collapsed during a walk in Central Park.
The 30 Rock star, who has previously hinted about running for office in the Big Apple, introduced himself as mayor when he co-hosted the Awards for Arts and Culture with Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
He told the crowd, "As your mayor, I am delighted to see so many wonderful arts supporters gathered together."
Bloomberg then barged onstage and shouted, "What the hell are you doing?"
According to the New York Post, Baldwin then quipped, "I'll just stand here and see how you do it, in case I should ever (run for office)."
In August (11), Baldwin ruled himself out the running against Bloomberg in the 2013 elections because he'll be too busy with his TV commitments to campaign for the post.
The Glee star has long supported People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' (PETA) bid to ban horse-drawn carriages in the city and she was horrified to discover a mare collapsed during a walk around Central Park earlier this month (Oct11).
She told her Twitter.com fans, "Just woke up to the saddest news about one of the carriage horses dying the midtown NYC (sic). This has to stop! Please."
Now the actress has personally penned a letter to Bloomberg to urge him to approve a bill replacing the carriages with classic cars.
Michele writes, "As a New York City native, I was saddened to learn from my friends at PETA that one of the horses used by the city's carriage industry collapsed and died in Midtown... It was a tragic end for a beleaguered horse, and such incidents also put vehicles and passersby in danger.
"With the number of horse-drawn carriage accidents and related deaths rising, it's painfully clear that these animals do not belong on busy city streets.
"I urge you to support Intro. 86A, which would replace horse-drawn carriages with safe, vintage-replica electric cars. The eco-friendly 'horseless carriages' would attract tourists with old New York glamour, protect carriage drivers' jobs by offering them first rights to the car medallions, and allow for the approximately 220 horses currently working in the carriage industry to be retired to sanctuaries. Please join other city council members in supporting Intro. 86A."
This weekend, Anna Faris hosted the SNL Halloween episode (which wasn't all that Halloween-y) with musical guest Drake. Sure, we enjoyed the opening monologue in which Fred Armisen took a whack at New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the city's methods in dealing with the Occupy Wall Street protesters. Sure, Faris was her usual adorable self and Drake only took on two sketches, so he didn't quantitatively out-host her. But it was a pretty lackluster episode, so we're pitting two sketches against eachother: the double Anna Faris monologue and Drake's variety of interviews in the SNL Digital Short. It's basically cute and self-depreciative humor versus charming and self-depreciative humor with slightly better jokes. Take a look at these sketches and decide for yourself -- but the interview video is funnier.