For those of you who somehow missed Alec Baldwin’s latest public eruption, the facts are these. This summer Baldwin had a dust-up with some paparazzi outside his home this summer when they wouldn’t leave him or his family alone. We understand and sympathize with Baldwin on this one. He’s a new father and constantly hounded, of course he’s going to lose his temper. Until, that is, we hear he dropped the f-bomb on a paparazzo. No, not that one. The other one. The one Baldwin is now trying to claim was a misheard “maggot.” Because people walk around saying c*cksucking maggot all the time, don’t you know.
Because of this and other inflammatory behavior (allegedly demanding a woman with cancer be bumped from her dressing room by shouting “I don’t give a f *c k if she has cancer or not, I want that f*cking makeup room.”), Comcast has decided to cancel Baldwin’s MSNBC show. Let’s skip right to the part where Alec Baldwin almost manages to be a grown-up. At the end of a rather sulky statement Baldwin manages “I have to take some responsibility for that myself.” That’s close. He said “some!” Coffee is for closers, Baldwin, not delusional megalomaniacs with persecution complexes and temper problems.
Like I said up top, I can sympathize with celebrities (particularly those with young children) wanting to defend their families. Of course, that sentiment sounds a little hollow when we remember the “rude, thoughtless little pig” incident of ‘07. Baldwin’s sulkiness about this whole conflict comes shining through, however, in the following statement about those he feels are truly responsible for the end of his show.
Martin Bashir’s on the air, and he made his comment on the air! I dispute half the comment I made… if I called him ‘cocksucking maggot’ or a ‘cocksucking motherfucker’… ‘faggot’ is not the word that came out of my mouth. That I know. But you’ve got the fundamentalist wing of gay advocacy—Rich Ferraro and Andrew Sullivan—they’re out there, they’ve got you. Rich Ferraro, this is probably one of his greatest triumphs. They killed my show.
Unlike his 30 Rock co-star Tracy Morgan, Alec Baldwin doesn’t have Tina Fey to smooth everything over him. Because, in the words of Liz Lemon, “Look, you’re a public figure and, believe it or not, the dumb things you say may influence or hurt people. You need to apologize.”