This just in: Alec Baldwin is "shocked" that his outburst on Twitter, in which he called Daily Mail's George Stark a "queen," should have brought a disaproving response from one particular CNN host.
When asked about the situation by Stern, Baldwin began to say, "Anderson Cooper decides to, to, to, to..."
"He attacked you!" Stern interrupted, apparently trying to stir the pot.
"Whatever word you want to use, I'm not going to say 'attacked,'" Baldwin said, "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," the radio host explained.
"But he used another word. He used 'despicable,'" Baldwin added (although Cooper didn't say that), and continued to mention that he would say, "Nothing, actually," to Cooper, should the two ever meet.
This all began in late June, when Baldwin's wife Hilaria was said to have been using her phone during James Gandolfini's funeral, according to a Daily Mail article.
In an effort to defend his lady, the actor took to Twitter to deny the claims, however, he erupted and lashed out at the reporter of the story, instead.
"I'm gonna find you, George Stark, you toxic little queen, and I'm gonna f--k...you...up...[I']d put my foot up your f--king ass, George Stark, but I'm sure you'd dig it too much," he wrote, before deleting his account.
Cooper later tweeted about the star's rant, "Why does #AlecBaldwin get a pass when he uses gay slurs? If a conservative talked of beating up a ‘queen' they would be vilified."
Soon afterwards, Baldwin apologized for what he said and said in a statement to GLAAD, "My ill-advised attack on George Stark of the Daily Mail had absolutely nothing to do with issues of anyone's sexual orientation," Baldwin said.
"My anger was directed at Mr. Stark for blatantly lying and disseminating libelous information about my wife and her conduct at our friend's funeral service. As someone who fights against homophobia, I apologize."