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Alec Baldwin Explains Everything from Gay Slur Incidents to Shia LaBeouf Issues, Says Goodbye to Public Life

Alec Baldwin Explains Everything from Gay Slur Incidents to Shia LaBeouf Issues, Says Goodbye to Public Life

Alec Baldwin takes the cover and writes an editorial for New York magazine to explain the last several months of his public life in the latest issue.

“I ended up attacking a reporter who wrote in the Daily Mail online that my wife was tweeting from [James Gandolfini]’s funeral. He was wrong—in fact, at a later time, she had retweeted items whose original time code matched the time of the funeral. In my rage, however, I called him a ‘toxic little queen,’ and, thus, Anderson Cooper, the self-appointed Jack Valenti of gay media culture, suggested I should be ‘vilified,’ in his words,” the 52-year-old actor wrote. “I didn’t feel bad about the incident. He lied about my wife. They say this is what comes with stardom—I don’t agree with you. A journalist isn’t supposed to write a lie about you. If he was in New York, I might have had the impulse to beat the shit out of the guy. At the time, I didn’t view ‘toxic little queen’ as a homophobic statement. I didn’t realize how those words could give offense, and I’m sorry for that.”

He also discussed Shia LaBeouf leaving the Broadway show Orphans.

“There was friction between us from the beginning…When he came to rehearsal, he was told it was important to memorize his lines…And one day he attacked me in front of everyone. He said, ‘You’re slowing me down, and you don’t know your lines. And if you don’t say your lines, I’m just going to keep saying my lines.’…So I asked the company to break. And I took the stage manager, with Sullivan, to another room, and I said one of us is going to go. I said, ‘I’ll tell you what, I’ll go.’ I said don’t fire the kid, I’ll quit. They said no, no, no, no, and they fired him,” Alec wrote.

“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,” Alec concluded his essay. In addition, he wrote about many other topics.

Read the whole story over at Vulture.com. Bigger cover inside…

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