Rick Leventhal defends dressing up as jerk Alec Baldwin for Halloween

Rick Leventhal defends dressing up as jerk Alec Baldwin for Halloween

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Rick Leventhal defended dressing up for Halloween as Alec Baldwin’s character in “Rust” after the actor accidentally shot and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the film’s set.

“In no way was I trying to offend anyone, except Alec Baldwin,” the former Fox News correspondent, 61, said in an exclusive statement to Page Six on Monday. “He’s a jerk and deserves all the heat he’s getting.”

Leventhal and his wife, Kelly Dodd, showed off their respective Baldwin and Native American costumes on Instagram on Sunday, drawing ire from fans.

“We planned our costumes weeks ago, and I just decided to be [Baldwin] at the last minute,” the journalist told us.

Leventhal captioned his controversial post, “Kelly celebrated her Native American heritage & I celebrated the great American film actor Alec Baldwin #happyhalloween🎃.” The “Real Housewives of Orange County” alum, 46, previously said she learned via a 23andMe test that she is 30 percent Native American.

“People are way too sensitive,” Dodd exclusively told Page Six on Monday. “I embrace my Native American heritage. I think the fashion is beautiful, and this was a tribute and celebration.”

The former Bravo star claimed to have received support from “many Native Americans,” saying most of the hate she received came from people who are “woke” as they “don’t have native in their blood like I do.”

“People are always looking to criticize me for anything I do, so this is no surprise,” she concluded. “And by the way, I’ve gotten lots of love and appreciation on Instagram, too, so thank you for all the support!”

That said, there were plenty of people who slammed the couple for their choice in costumes as well.

“I always defend you both, but hard to find dressing up as Alec funny when a young woman’s life was cut short and a young boy is now without his mum,” one person commented. “Really bad taste Rick.”

Another, specifically referring to Dodd’s costume, wrote, “We as Women don’t wear the head dresses .. just saying . Or mini length skirts .. so it’s mockery .. … no shade.”

Leventhal was unperturbed, though, saying in his statement to us, “If we analyzed every costume for who might be offended by it, there would be no Halloween anymore.”

Noting how Dodd’s 15-year-old daughter, Jolie, dressed up as a maid, he added, “Is this offensive to the service industry?”

“Of course I feel bad for the victim and her family, but this was never about her or them,” the reporter said. “If Baldwin is anti-gun, why is he waving them around in movies and pointing them at people and pulling the trigger? Focus your anger at him and the hypocrisy of that industry.”

A Los Angeles Times report on Sunday revealed that Baldwin, 63, was explaining to the “Rust” crew how he planned to draw the firearm when it went off, striking 42-year-old Hutchins in the chest and killing her.

“A woman died. She was my friend,” the actor told photographers on Saturday.

Leventhal said he and Dodd plan to discuss the backlash at length in a new episode of their podcast, “Rick & Kelly Unmasked,” which will be released Wednesday on Patreon.

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