Listen up, tabloid reporters: Alec Baldwin is saying "goodbye to public life. ... I've lived this for 30 years, I'm done with it."
In a long piece that appeared under his bylineSunday night on New York Magazine's Vulture blog, Baldwin, 55, writes that being labeled a "homophobic bigot" in the media after an altercation with a paparazzo in November 2013 was the final straw. (Sound familiar?)
"I loathe and despise the media in a way I did not think possible," Baldwin writes. "This is the last time I'm going to talk about my personal life in an American publication ever again."
He also denies that he used a homophobic slur during the confrontation with the photographer. "Do you honestly believe I would give someone like TMZ's Harvey Levin, of all people, another club to beat me with?" he writes.
Other revelations in the 5,000-word essay:
He's ready to move out of New York City, which he's called home since 1979. "I just can't live in New York anymore. Everything I hated about L.A. I'm beginning to crave. L.A. is a place where you live behind a gate, you get in a car, your interaction with the public is minimal. I used to hate that. But New York has changed."
He's also angry at MSNBC, which refused to go forward with his planned talk showafter Baldwin's run-in with the photographer. "If MSNBC went off the air tomorrow, what difference would it make?"
Baldwin also writes about his thwarted political ambitions: "I had dreams of running for office at some point in the next five years."
And there's the inevitable Shia LaBeouf angle: "LaBeouf seems to carry with him, to put it mildly, a jailhouse mentality wherever he goes," Baldwin writes of his fellow actor, with whom he briefly worked on the Broadway play Orphans. (LaBeouf was fired and replaced by Ben Foster.)
There's much more, so do read the whole thing.