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Alec Baldwin says he's quitting public life, slams TV journalists and Shia LaBeouf

Posted by Kristi Palma  February 24, 2014 08:55 AM

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Don't look for Alec Baldwin on Letterman or "Saturday Night Live" any time soon. Baldwin has announced he is quitting public life.

Baldwin spells it all out in a 5,000-word essay titled "Alec Baldwin: Good-bye, Public Life" published Sunday night in New York Magazine's Vulture blog.

"I've lived this for 30 years, I'm done with it," writes Baldwin.

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After an incident with a photographer in November where was accused of using a racial slur (he denies it) that resulted in people labeling him homophobic, Baldwin says he's had enough.

"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."

But before he signs off for good, Baldwin has a lot to say. Here are some excerpts from his essay.

Regarding the famous incident this past November when he says a TMZ photographer "ambushed" him as he got into a car with his family:

But—I’m sorry, I can’t let go of this—do people really, really believe that, when I shouted at that guy, I called him a “faggot” on-camera? Do you honestly believe I would give someone like TMZ’s Harvey Levin, of all people, another club to beat me with?

Baldwin on TMZ's Harvey Levin:

Harvey Levin exists in his own universe. He’s this kind of cretinous barnacle on the press.

It wasn't the first time Baldwin was accused of using homophobic language. Remember the Twitter incident from June? Baldwin called a journalist a "toxic little queen" for accusing his wife of tweeting during James Gandolfini's funeral. Baldwin admits saying it and writes in the essay, "I didn’t feel bad about the incident. He lied about my wife."

Baldwin was supposed to do a talk show on MSNBC but says he was fired because TV journalists Rachel Maddow and Anderson Cooper spoke out against him after the alleged gay slurs he had used.

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.

He also slams retired (and bizarre-behaving) actor Shia LaBeouf, who he battled with during their work on the Broadway play "Orphans."

LaBeouf seems to carry with him, to put it mildly, a jailhouse mentality wherever he goes...He had that card, that card you get when you make films that make a lot of money that gives you a certain kind of entitlement. I think he was surprised that it didn’t work in the theater.

Finally, he writes:

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.

Read the entire essay here.

Do you think Baldwin is serious about quitting public life?

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