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    Alec Baldwin Quits Twitter Again After Defending Wife Hilaria in Latest Rant

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    Alec Baldwin is taking another breather from Twitter—and it's probably for the best.

    The former 30 Rock star pulled the plug on his @ABFalecBaldwin account Thursday after lashing out at the U.K.'s Daily Mail for claiming in a story that his wife, Hilaria Baldwin, was tweeting "upbeat posts" while the couple attended James Gandolfini's funeral.

    Shortly before doing so, Baldwin heaped scorn on the newspaper's reporter George Stark in a series of tweets, at one point, per Buzzfeed, calling him a "toxic little queen" and threatening,  "I Am gonna f--k you up."

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    "My wife and I attend a funeral to pay our respects to an old friend, and some toxic Brit writes this f--king trash," he wrote. "My wife DID NOT use her phone, in any capacity, at our friend's funeral. Now f--k this twitter + good luck to all of you who know the truth."

    The 55-year-old thesp added that he fired his publicist in the wake of the kerfuffle.

    What set Alec off was Stark's pointed accusation that Hilaria violated funeral etiquette when he wrote, "The pregnant yoga instructor's social media feed was full of upbeat posts while the Sopranos star's friends, family and co-stars were gripped with grief at a New York Catholic Church."

    The writer pointed to tweets by Baldwin's missus about wedding anniversary gifts and an upcoming appearance on Rachel Ray.

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    That drew a sharp rebuke from Hilaria, who tweeted: "Here is some info... When someone tweets something at a certain time, and you retweet it later, it posts the TIME the first person tweeted."

    This isn't the first time, though, that Baldwin has gone AWOL from Twitter. Baldwin famously quit the microblogging site for a brief spell in December 2011 after launching a fiery tirade against American Airlines only to return a month later.

    And shortly after he and Hilaria tied the knot in July 2012, he deactivated his account again with a message that simply read, "It's been fun."

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    Whether or not he resumes his Twitter habit, undoubtedly he could use the time away to cool off. But the couple did release a statement in the aftermath of his latest rant, calling the whole matter "disgraceful."

    "It's disgraceful that a reporter would manufacture and publish a story and not call for comment or explanation—especially when it's intended to take away attention from honoring the memory of a beloved figure like James Gandolfini," said the Baldwins. "There are multiple witnesses to the fact that Hilaria left her phone in the car and wouldn't, couldn't, and didn't tweet during the service...And as for the tweets—1) some of the time stamps in the report were wrong because he listed the time of the original tweet not the retweet 2) she left early and wasn't in the service at the time of tweeting 3) it's possible that a previously scheduled tweet wasn't canceled."

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