The Top 5 People Who Will Be Most Offended by Alec Baldwin’s ‘I Give Up’ Mega-Rant

Dear Alec Baldwin, MSNBC: What Did

MSNBC, Rachel Maddow and Shia LaBoeuf are among those skewered in the actor's New York Magazine article

Alec Baldwin says simply “I give up” on the cover of the latest issue of New York Magazine. But what’s he giving up? In a wide-ranging rant, he explains that he’s not necessarily giving up acting, but he’s tired of living in the public eye in New York, tired of paparazzi and the gossip press and most of all, angry that he was inaccurately accused of being homophobic. “I’m not a homophobic person at all. But this is how the world now sees me,” he says, explaining that he was misheard when he yelled at a TMZ videographer last November.

In addition to hating on the media and the amped-up anger in American society, he has some choice words for a few people in particular, especially those who were involved in his short-lived MSNBC show “Up Late.”

1) Rachel Maddow: Baldwin first compliments Maddow as “the ultimate wonk/dweeb” but then partly blames her for his departure from MSNBC. “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.”

2) TMZ’s Harvey Levin: “Harvey Levin exists in his own universe. He’s this kind of cretinous barnacle on the press.”3) Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post: “She created this wonderful thing. And what have they done with that? The other day, they had a thing on the home page about pimples. Tripe.”

4) Shia LaBeouf: Baldwin was to co-star with the younger actor in “Orphans” on Broadway. “There was friction between us from the beginning,” Baldwin says. “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.”

5) Broadway director Dan Sullivan: The “Orphans” director fired LaBeouf when he clashed with Baldwin, but Baldwin still says he lost the desire to make the Lyle Kessler play work. Sullivan agreed to do something that, once he realized what it was, he had lost interest in it,” Baldwin says.

Honorable mention – Nearly everyone else at MSNBC: Baldwin says, “Topper Phil Griffin ‘couldn’t give a flying fuck about content.’ ‘Morning Joe’ was boring. Scarborough is neither eloquent nor funny. The problem with everybody on MSNBC is none of them are funny, although that doesn’t prevent them from trying to be.”

“MSNBC, in its own way, is as full of shit, as redundant and as superfluous, as Fox,” Baldwin concludes.

Musing that he might prefer the more private lifestyle in L.A, Baldwin concludes that he wants to return to being an actor, not a showbiz personality: “I want to go make a movie and be very present for that and give it everything I have, and after we’re done, then the rest of the time is mine.”

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  1. NicoJones says:

    “I give up” rant? hahahaha, you are sooo funny Mrs “I want to put words in your mouth being paid by a big media company “…

  2. linda aman says:

    go for it alec i am always for the underdog

  3. mitchcorreia says:

    he’s spot on with most of that.

  4. DJ says:

    Never seen Baldwin perform as anything other than himself so maybe he’s trying something new.

  5. Victoria says:

    His rant is full of contradictions. For example he complains that Manhattan has become just another Beverly Hills and that all the new ideas and energy are in Brooklyn. Yet then he says that he’s moving to Los Angeles!

    I imagine Harvey Levin will think what Baldwin said about him is funny.

  6. Marge Claybourne says:

    When I first saw Alec in Search for Red October I thought WOW, what a handsome man and his acting was pretty good for his first time out on film. Now – I wonder what in the world has happened. I think he would regain some of his sparkle if he lost about 60 pounds [pudginess definitely does not work for him] and kept his mouth shut. The old adage is so true, ‘Keep silent and people may think you a fool. Open your mouth and it will erase all doubt.’ Love, Marge.

  7. Ray Jay says:

    Well, I can certainly agree with Mr. Baldwin when he says “MSNBC, in its own way, is as full of shit, as redundant, and as superfluous, as Fox,” And I find myself sympathetic with regards to scandal sheet pages and their reporters. But his solution of moving to LA from NYC is about as frying-pan-to-fire tactic as ever I’ve observed. As to his other comments I would simply point out that if he truly is at odds with the amped-up anger widespread in America, he might consider displaying less of it himself. Confession: I too have lost faith with the edgy world we live in and used to vent about the loss of empathy and civility until my wife pointed out the paradox of my doing so.

  8. See here’s the problem. Why does anyone have to get offended. Or more to the point, why does there have to be an article in Variety about who will be offended? And here I am giving it the time of day. We are all rubes.

  9. Dave says:

    I wouldn’t mind him being in my movie……

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