Alec Baldwin Quits Public Life in One Long-Winded Essay
“I’ve lived this for 30 years, I’m done with it,” the actor and former MSNBC host, 55, states in his bylined New York magazine cover story that hit Sunday night.
“I’m aware that it’s ironic that I’m making this case in the media,” he writes, “but this is the last time I’m going to talk about my personal life in an American publication ever again.”
He blames some of the events of 2013, which, he concedes, “was actually a great year, because my wife and I had a baby. But, yeah, everything else was pretty awful.”
Baldwin addressed last November’s incident in which he reportedly called a photographer a “c*cksucking f*g,” which led to MSNBC suspending him afterwards. Many also believe the homophobic comment contributed to his talk show being canceled. “I work in show business. I am awash in gay people, as colleagues and as friends. I’m doing Rock of Ages one day, making out with Russell Brand. Soon after that, I’m advocating with Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Cynthia Nixon for marriage equality. I’m officiating at a gay friend’s wedding,” he wrote. “I’m not a homophobic person at all. But this is how the world now sees me. I haven’t changed, but public life has.”
Baldwin ironically started a confrontation with fellow actor Shia LaBeouf. In the essay, Baldwin talked about working with LaBeouf on a Broadway play called Orphans and said he was extremely difficult towards everyone. “There was friction between us from the beginning. LaBeouf seems to carry with him, to put it mildly, a jailhouse mentality wherever he goes,” he said. You could tell right away he loves to argue. And one day he attacked me in front of everyone. He said, “You’re slowing me down, and you don’t know your lines. And if you don’t say your lines, I’m just going to keep saying my lines.”
Baldwin also has no kind words for MSNBC. President Phil Griffin “couldn’t give a flying fuck about content.” Rachel Maddow is a “phony who doesn’t have the same passion for the truth off-camera that she seems to have on the air,” and someone who Baldwin hears engineered his firing from the network.
Maddow has issued the following statement in response to Baldwin: “I have never met Mr. Baldwin, either on-camera or off-camera. I wish him all the best.”
We’ve never met Alec Baldwin either, but are really hoping that he lives up to his promise of going away.
Read the whole article over at Vulture.com.