In 2007, Alec Baldwin gained entrance into the Shitty Dads of America Club after a voicemail recording of him hissing at his then-11 year old daughter Ireland Baldwin was released by TMZ. He yelled at Ireland for letting the call go to voicemail, then proceeded to threatened he was going to “straighten her out” during their next visit and finished by calling her a “rude, thoughtless little pig.” Alec has since talked about the voicemail, specifically about how much he hates TMZ for releasing it. He’s talking again, this time about how that voicemail messed up – and continues to mess up – his life and his relationship with Ireland.
During an interview with George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America to promote his memoir, Nevertheless, Alec was asked to explain comments he made in the book in which he claims that voicemail caused a “permanent break” in his relationship with Ireland. Alec clarified that when he says permanent, he doesn’t mean it killed his relationship with Ireland. He means that people are perpetually reminding him and his daughter about it.
“There are people who admonish me or attack me and use that as a constant spearhead to do that. It’s a scab that never heals cause it’s being picked at all the time by other people. My daughter, that’s hurt her in a permanent way.”
George adds that Alec and Ireland have been “mending” their relationship. It all happens at the 3:00 minute mark.
But of course people are going to constantly bring up that voicemail; it was a real-life new millennium Mommie Dearest moment. I do feel a little sorry for Alec though. Imagine having that “rude, thoughtless little pig” line constantly thrown in your face? I guess the only thing worse might be to be an 11-year-old girl who was called that in a voicemail by her raging-out dad. Maybe if Alec needs a sympathetic shoulder to cry on, he can get one from Ireland.