That high-pitched, ear-splitting, ground-shaking noise you heard last night was Alec Baldwin releasing the most narcissistic whine ever recorded in a New York Magazine essay called “Good-bye, Public Life.” In it, he explains how everyone on earth—Andrew Sullivan, Anderson Cooper, GLAAD, Bill de Blasio, AT&T, Kim Basinger, Shia LaBeouf—has ruined his public life. Everyone on earth but him. He reserved some particularly harsh words for his one time MSNBC co-worker Rachel Maddow, about whom he said:
Rachel Maddow is Rachel Maddow, the ultimate wonk/dweeb who got a show, polished it, made it her own. She’s talented. The problem with everybody on MSNBC is none of them are funny, although that doesn’t prevent them from trying to be.
Another [MSNBC colleague] told me, regarding [my] “toxic little queen” comment, that Rachel Maddow was the prime mover in my firing, as she was aghast that I had been hired and viewed me as equivalent to Mel Gibson. Another source told me, “You know who’s going to get you fired, don’t you? Rachel. Phil will do whatever Rachel tells him to do.” 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.
Well, you can imagine how Twitter reacted after hearing a notorious rageaholic go after their favorite “wonk/dweeb.” A sampling of some of the best responses are below.
Which “Things Alec Baldwin Hates” are you? I tried to get Rachel Maddow but ended up with New York. pic.twitter.com/JVv2PMrYm4
— Andrew Miller (@MillerLoLife) February 24, 2014
Baldwin, I like you. I’ve enjoyed your TV shows. But if you’re gonna take a dig at Maddow – make sure you have more credibility than her.
— Wolfclass Warfare (@SilverAutomatic) February 24, 2014
LMFAO at Alec Baldwin bashing Rachel Maddow and threatening to move out of New York. Maybe he’ll move in with Mel Gibson.
— Jordan Crosley (@SncerelyJordan) February 24, 2014
…and if Rachel Maddow was instrumental in baldwin getting fired, then good for her.
— lvdjgarcia (@lvdjgarcia) February 24, 2014
Rage-a-holic and homophobe Alec Baldwin says Rachel Maddow is a “phony”. He was unable to spell Rhodes Scholar.
— Christopher (@ChristopherFTL) February 24, 2014
— Maze (@Mngk) February 24, 2014
— Cameron Love (@cam_love_) February 24, 2014
Guess he saves the bad insults for women in his family. RT @Keethers Alec Baldwin called Rachel Maddow a phony. Grow up, you jealous jerk.
— Brienne of Snarth (@femme_esq) February 24, 2014
Can’t decide on the most amazing part of the Alec Baldwin piece. The sniping at Maddow? How he apparently just realized Brooklyn exists?
— daveweigel (@daveweigel) February 24, 2014
In a Whine-Filled Rant, Alec Baldwin Says Rachel Maddow is a Phony http://t.co/ERVKltwA2u
— Jeffrey Levin (@jilevin) February 24, 2014
Alec Baldwin RIPS Rachel Maddow. STFU Alec and take your meds http://t.co/ZdixtuCKat
— DogLovers4Dems (@Donna_West) February 24, 2014
— Paul Wells (@InklessPW) February 24, 2014
Quitcherbitchin about Rachel Maddow, she’s doing a great service! 😉
— Dee (@DAbitty) February 24, 2014
…So I guess @Maddow wins the haircut?
— Ali Davis (@Ali_Davis) February 24, 2014
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) February 24, 2014
Maddow herself had the best comeback, however. She released a statement that said, in full: “I have never met Mr. Baldwin, either on-camera or off-camera. I wish him all the best.”
See you never again, I guess, Alec.