Alec Baldwin Throws In The Towel

Alec Baldwin, New York Magazine

Alec Baldwin is no stranger to speaking his mind. The actor is constantly making headlines for his controversial words.

In a 5,284 word essay to New York Magazine, the actor said goodbye to public life and announced that he has decided to move to California. In the February issue, Baldwin wrote:

“I loathe and despise the media in a way I did not think possible. This is the last time I’m going to talk about my personal life in an American publication ever again.”

Baldwin then decided to give the interviewer a recap of his wild year.

I find myself bitter, defensive, and more misanthropic than I care to admit. And I’m trying to understand what happened, how an altercation on the street, in which I was accused—wrongly—of using a gay slur, could have cascaded like this. There’s been a shift in my life. And it’s caused me to step back and say, ‘This is happening for a reason.'”

Acknowledging his reputation as a hothead, Baldwin revisited an incident that occurred in November when a TMZ photographer:

“Ambushed me as I was putting my family in the car, and I chased him down the block and said, ‘C—sucking mother—er”.

After this incident Baldwin was accused of being a homophobe by Andrew Sullivan and Anderson Cooper. When asked if he was a homophobe, he clearly said:

“I’m not a homophobic person at all. But this is how the world now sees me.”

After his rant, Baldwin was fired from his talk show, “Up Late”.

As his 5,284 word essay continued, Baldwin accused MSNBC talk show host Rachel Maddow of causing his firing calling Maddow a phony who doesn’t have the same passion for the truth off-camera that she seems to have on the air.

Maddow kindly sent Baldwin a tweet that said:

“I have never met Mr. Baldwin on camera or off camera. I wish him all the best.”

Mr. Baldwin hopes to start over in L.A.

This will be his first time moving since moving to the Big Apple in 1979. In the final words of his essay Baldwin explained the reason he want’s to move.

“I did not have a happy family life a few years ago. I was divorced from Kim Basinger and I was very alienated from my daughter Ireland Baldwin and I was out there cutting every ribbon and running around New York hosting events for different causes to supplant my loss, because I didn’t have a family to go home to. Now I don’t want to be Mr. Show Business anymore. I want the same thing everybody else wants. I want a happy home, and for the first time in my adult life, I have one,” he wrote. “I love my wife more than anything in the world and I love my child [Carmen, 6 months, with wife Hilaria] more than anything else in the world and I don’t want that to change in any way.”

– Dallas Jordan


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