Actor Alec Baldwin pummels MSNBC and its hosts in a piece he wrote for New York Magazine titled “Alec Baldwin: Good-bye, Public Life.”
He wrote the piece, published late Sunday, just four months after he was fired as an MSNBC host for anti-gay slurs. Baldwin’s show, which aired on Fridays at 10 p.m., lasted only two months.
Before working at MSNBC, Baldwin said he watched the channel “very sporadically,” and wanted to understand what they did when he got there.
“It turned out to be the same [s--t] all day long. The only difference was who was actually pulling off whatever act they had come up with,” Baldwin wrote in the New York Magazine piece.
He continued by taking down several anchors, and praising a few.
She’s the “ultimate wonk/dweeb who got a show,” Baldwin added.
“Morning Joe was boring,” he wrote, calling hosts Joe Scarborough “neither eloquent nor funny” and Mika Brzezinski “the Margaret Dumont of cable news." Dumont was famous for her comedic roles in the Marx brothers' films.
Baldwin said he likes Chris Jansing and Lawrence O’Donnell, but said none of the hosts are funny.
In November, Baldwin was fired less than two weeks after a video surfaced showing him shoving a photographer and using a homophobic slur. He later apologized.
Baldwin said he didn’t expect his show to be too controversial.
“So I’m going to go on MSNBC, and people are speculating, 'Oh, here he comes! Crazy liberal! And what’s he going to do? Is he going to try to give Bill Maher a run for his money? Is he going to try to give Jon Stewart a run for his money?' And I think, Are you out of your [f---king] mind? Those men are stars of established, highly successful shows. That’s never going to happen. My show was meant to be as harmless and inoffensive as could be,” he wrote in his goodbye piece.
The actor also said he was worried about the network’s mission when he didn’t see MSNBC head Phil Griffin with any paper at meetings. Baldwin wrote Griffin “couldn’t give a flying [f--k] about content.”
Baldwin said he “probably” has to move out of New York now, and is beginning to “crave” everything he once hated about Los Angeles.