Perhaps it’s time for Alec Baldwin to take a break from speaking publicly?
The former “30 Rock” star appeared on Howard Stern‘s radio show Tuesday (July 23) where he explained that he was “shocked” by the harsh criticism he received from CNN’s Anderson Cooper after his ugly Twitter outburst in late June.
For those who’ve forgotten just what Baldwin tweeted, we hardly blame you. A refresher: After “Daily Mail” reporter George Stark wrote that the actor’s wife Hilaria tweeted on her phone during James Gandolfini‘s funeral, Baldwin took to the social media network himself, writing, “I’m gonna find you, George Stark, you toxic little queen, and I’m gonna f***…you…up.” He followed that charming missive with, “[I’]d put my foot up your f***ing a**, George Stark, but I’m sure you’d dig it too much.”
Baldwin made attempts to both apologize for and clarify his words, explaining that he doesn’t believe “queen” connotes “gay,” which, sure, whatever. His apologies weren’t enough for Cooper, who tweeted, “Why does #AlecBaldwin get a pass when he uses gay slurs? If a conservative talked of beating up a ‘queen’ they would be vilified.”
Cut to Tuesday, when Stern asks Baldwin about the incident. The actor begins, “Anderson Cooper decides to, to, to, to –“
Stern baits him: “He attacked you!”
“Whatever word you want to use, I’m not going to say attacked,'” Baldwin says, before adding, “That was the one that shocked me the most.”
“Anderson Cooper said that he felt that you were being homophobic in your comments on Twitter,” Stern sums up.
“But he used another word. He used ‘despicable,'” Baldwin recounts, rather incorrectly.
When asked by Stern what he would want to say to Cooper about the situation should the two cross path, Baldwin answers, “Nothing, actually.” We’re sure Cooper won’t mind.