Alex Baldwin is creating quite a stir with his recent New York Magazine spread, where he lambasts several media personalities along with his former employer, MSNBC, where he enjoyed a short stint as host of his own show.
After his infamous temper and fondness for homophobic remarks got him the boot, Baldwin felt the need to lay into his former colleague, Rachel Maddow, questioning her integrity off the camera.
“She’s a phony who doesn’t have the same passion for the truth off-camera that she seems to have on the air,” Baldwin told New York Magazine’s Joe Hagan.
Soon after Baldwin’s termination for allegedly making homophobic threats to a photographer, the New York Post published a piece that suggested Maddow lobbied for his firing.
From Baldwin’s perspective, the piece was part of a conspiracy by MSNBC’s president Phil Griffin – along with Rachel Maddow — to slander him in the media.
“Once they fired me, a former MSNBC employee I knew emailed me. He said, ‘You watch now, Phil is going to start leaking left and right to bury you.’ When I left, ‘Page Six’ was flooded with lies about me,” Baldwin said.
“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,'” Baldwin said. “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.”
Maddow has maintained that she’s never met Baldwin, but makes sure to point out that she is offended “anytime someone uses the insinuation that someone is gay as an insult.”