Alec Baldwin throws shade at Rachel Maddow, Internet responds

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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.








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.