After learning Tuesday that he'd been fired from MSNBC for hurling anti-gay comments at the paparazzi, Alec Baldwin said nothing to the media, deciding instead to spend some time considering how he can avoid similar scandals in the future. Just kidding! In an interview with Gothamist he lashed out at his arch-nemeses TMZ and The Post, and blamed a few gay-rights advocates. The actor insisted he didn't knowingly use an anti-gay term, saying, "you can't really tell what I'm saying, and we live in a world in which the phrase 'TMZ's enhanced audio' exists." And Baldwin denied the most salacious parts of today's Post report on his show's cancellation, saying he did not demand to have a cancer patient's dressing room. "I was told she's allergic to some chemical, no one ever ever ever said to me that somebody had cancer, and I never said 'I don't give a fuck...' " he explained.
Then, because such is Alec Baldwin, he made some remarks sure to keep the controversy going for another day. He noted that his former colleague Martin Bashir got to keep his job after saying something disgusting about Sarah Palin's mouth, "and he made his comment on the air!" Baldwin added:
I dispute half the comment I made... if I called him 'cocksucking maggot' or a 'cocksucking motherfucker'... 'faggot' is not the word that came out of my mouth. That I know. But you've got the fundamentalist wing of gay advocacy—Rich Ferraro and Andrew Sullivan—they're out there, they've got you. Rich Ferraro, this is probably one of his greatest triumphs. They killed my show. And I have to take some responsibility for that myself."
This is the thanks Ferraro gets for teaching Baldwin that "cocksucker" is an anti-gay slur.