Alec Baldwin couldn’t say “goodbye” to public life without throwing a few final barbs at his one-time employer MSNBC.
The outspoken actor gave a rambling, ranting tell-all to New York Magazine that was published online Sunday night. Recounting the hurdles he faced in 2013, Baldwin rehashed his firing from MSNBC and blamed network President Phil Griffin and host Rachel Maddow for his departure.
This is what Baldwin had to say about the powers-that-be at the network:
Once they fired me, a former MSNBC employee I knew emailed me. He said, “You watch now, Phil is going to start leaking left and right to bury you.” When I left, “Page Six” was flooded with lies about me. Another told me, regarding the “toxic little queen” comment, that Rachel Maddow was the prime mover in my firing, as she was aghast that I had been hired and viewed me as equivalent to Mel Gibson. Another source told me, “You know who’s going to get you fired, don’t you? Rachel. Phil will do whatever Rachel tells him to do.” I think Rachel Maddow is quite good at what she does. I also think she’s a phony who doesn’t have the same passion for the truth off-camera that she seems to have on the air.
The fundamental problem with everybody on MSNBC, as Baldwin sees it, is that “none of them are funny, although that doesn’t prevent them from trying to be.” Though he lamented the Roger Ailes-Fox-Breitbart axis, he further faulted MSNBC for being “in its own way, is as full of shit, as redundant and as superfluous, as Fox.”
It sounds like what Baldwin really needs is a break from watching cable news. Read the whole piece here.