MSNBC got rid of Keith Olbermann with some difficulty and then they went and hired a guy who makes Keith look well adjusted and then they fired him.
Alec Baldwin thinks his former MSNBC colleague Rachel Maddow is “a phony.”
“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 in an extensive tell-all published late Sunday night.
Baldwin’s short-lived MSNBC program ended late last year after he made homophobic threats to a photographer. In December, The New York Post insinuated that Maddow had been responsible for his termination.
In this week’s tell-all, Baldwin says the Page Six report was part of an effort by MSNBC president Phil Griffin to discredit him, but went on to endorse the suggestion that Maddow had played a role in his departure.
“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 says.
“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.”
Alec Baldwin is notorious for nothing if not for a passion for the truth. That and screaming things at photographers.
Also possibly his lack of ratings and total public disinterest might have contributed to his firing.
Baldwin sounds like a man who waded into a company that he really didn’t understand which is in the middle of its own internal civil war and the Anti-Maddow side got to him first. But between Ronan Farrow and Chris Hayes, Rachel Maddow’s attempt at turning MSNBC into an even lamer Air America complete with an army of clones will probably tank it even sooner.
MaddowSNBC doesn’t have much room for the drunken liberal Alpha male and wannabe Alphas, it goes right to the Betas. So Ed Schultz and Alec Baldwin had to go.
But Maddow and Baldwin didn’t get along even before Alec Baldwin got his MSNBC gig with Baldwin making critical comments about her. Maddow may not have forgotten… or forgiven.