- The Washington Times - Monday, February 24, 2014

Hollywood hothead Alec Baldwin has found a new fight — this one, against his once-beloved city of New York.

He’s published a New York magazine essay that lists his grievances against his lost love, as well as his vow to leave.

“I just can’t live in new York anymore,” he wrote, the New York Daily News reported. “Everything I hated about L.A. I’m beginning to crave … I want my newest child to have as normal and decent a life as I can provide. New York doesn’t seem the place for that anymore.”

He pointed specifically to the paparazzi and to the the prevalence of camera phones that make it impossible to raise a family. But he’s expressed similar gripes — and made similar “exit, stage right” vows in the past. Just a few months ago, he claimed in a Huffington Post article that he would disappear from the public spotlight entirely.

“L.A. is a place where you live behind a gate, you get in a car, your interaction with the public is minimal,” he said, in the article reported by the New York Daily News. “I used to hate that. But New York has changed.”

Mr. Baldwin has made recent media headlines for reportedly using an anti-gay slur — which he denies — during a run-in with a member of the paparazzi in November. And he also just lost his talk show on MSNBC — which he blames on cable host Rachel Maddow.

“[She’s] a phony who doesn’t have the same passion for the truth off-camera that she seems to have on the air,” he said, in his magazine rant, claiming that Ms. Maddow actually pushed cable executives to fire him.