Listen up, tabloid reporters: Alec Baldwin is saying “goodbye to public life. … I’ve lived this for 30 years, I’m done with it.”
In a long piece that appeared under his byline Sunday night on New York Magazine’s Vulture blog, Baldwin, 55, writes that being labeled a “homophobic bigot” in the media after an altercation with a paparazzo in November 2013 was the last straw for him as a celebrity. (Sound familiar?)
“I loathe and despise the media in a way I did not think possible,” Baldwin writes. “This is the last time I’m going to talk about my personal life in an American publication ever again.”
He also denies that he used a homophobic slur during that infamous confrontation with the photographer. “Do you honestly believe I would give someone like TMZ’s Harvey Levin, of all people, another club to beat me with?” he writes.
Other revelations in the 5,000-word essay:
He’s ready to move out of New York City, which he’s called home since 1979. “I just can’t live in New York anymore,” he writes. “Everything I hated about L.A. I’m beginning to crave. L.A. is a place where you live behind a gate, you get in a car, your interaction with the public is minimal. I used to hate that. But New York has changed.”
He’s angry at MSNBC, which refused to go forward with his planned talk show after the run-in with the photographer. “If MSNBC went off the air tomorrow, what difference would it make? … MSNBC, in its own way, is as … redundant and as superfluous, as Fox.”