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Alec Baldwin Calls MSNBC 'Full of S--t', Says 'Good-bye To Public Life'

Alec Baldwin says he's done with public life.

In a lengthy write-up on New York Magazine's website three months after MSNBC cancelled his late night talk show, Baldwin blasts MSNBC and says he got the "Conan O'Brien treatment" at the cable news network.

Baldwin says that "everything changed" for him in November, when he was accused of using a gay slur at a photographer.

A photographer "ambushed me as I was putting my family in a car, and I chased him down the block and said, 'C---sucking mother---er' or whatever (when I have some volatile interaction with these people, I don't pull out a pen and take notes on what I said)," he writes.

Baldwin says MSNBC chief Griffin told him: "Although he appeared to have some buyer's remorse, he told me to hang in there. After the event, he said, 'Don't worry. I have to suspend you. But this will blow over.' I have all the emails to prove it. And then, all of a sudden, out of nowhere, MSNBC said, 'You're fired.'"

The actor says MSNBC then refused to pay him and invoked a morals clause in the contract. He describes his experience as the "Conan O'Brien treatment,"

"I watched MSNBC, prior to working there, very sporadically," he says. "Once I had signed a contract with them, I wanted to see more of what they were about. It turned out to be the same sh-t all day long."

"I want to keep it simple," he explains. "I get somebody in a chair and I shoot the shit with them for an hour and a half and we cut it into a one-hour show. My show was meant to be as harmless and inoffensive as could be."

Baldwin also attacks MSNBC personality Rachel Maddow who he calls "a phony who doesn't have the same passion for the truth off-camera that she seems to have on the air."

The actor says his recent experiences have even led him to have some sympathy for Shia LaBeouf.

"Shia LaBeouf went to a film screening recently and he wore a bag over his head and the bag says 'I Am Not Famous Anymore'. And there was truly a part of me that felt sorry for him, oddly enough."

"It's good-bye to public life in the way that you try to communicate with an audience playfully like we're friends, beyond the work you are actually paid for. Letterman. Saturday Night Live. That kind of thing. I want to go make a movie and be very present for that and give it everything I have, and after we're done, then the rest of the time is mine," he concludes.

"I started out as an actor, where you seek to understand yourself using the words of great writers and collaborating with other creative people. Then I slid into show business, where you seek only an audience's approval, whether you deserve it or not. I think I want to go back to being an actor now."

"There's a way I could have done things differently. I know that. If I offended anyone along the way, I do apologize. But the solution for me now is: I've lived this for 30 years, I'm done with it."

February 24, 2014 |

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