Alec Baldwin is retiring from public life, according to a piece he wrote for New York Magazine. You can read the entire piece HERE.

Among some of the quotes:

On 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."

"Am I a homophobe? Look, I work in show business. I am awash in gay people, as colleagues and as friends. I’m doing Rock of Ages one day, making out with Russell Brand. Soon after that, I’m advocating with Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Cynthia Nixon for marriage equality. I’m officiating at a gay friend’s wedding. I’m not a homophobic person at all. But this is how the world now sees me."

"I haven’t changed, but public life has."