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Alec Baldwin and wife Hilaria Thomas pose on the red carpet at the 2013 SAG Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 27, 2013. - Provided courtesy of OTRC

Alec Baldwin 'never' returning to Twitter, mentions James Gandolfini

07/03/2013 by Corinne Heller

Alec Baldwin says he's "never" going back to Twitter, in comments made after he shut down his account following an online tirade against a UK tabloid journalist.

He had last month cursed out a Daily Mail reporter on the social network after the person wrote that the 55-year-old actor's wife was tweeting while the couple attended the funeral of "Sopranos" star James Gandolfini (see PHOTOS). The pair denied this. Baldwin shut down his Twitter account and the article in question was deleted.

When asked by Vanity Fair magazine (warning: article contains expletives) if he was ever going to open his Twitter account again, Baldwin replied: "Never. No. I went to Jimmy Gandolfini's funeral, and when I was there I realized Jimmy Gandolfini didn't have Twitter. Jimmy Gandolfini was so beloved as a person, and he was so admired as an actor, and he didn't give a [expletive] about social media."

"I really learned a lesson at the funeral," he added. "I said to myself, 'This is all a waste of time.' Meaning, it's fun sometimes, but less and less, and less. It's just another chink in your armor for people to come and kill you. I stopped and said to myself, I'm going to try where I just don't do this anymore."

Baldwin has over the past few years made headlines over public scuffles with instrusive paparazzi, an incident in which he was lremoved from a flight for using a cellphone and a 2007 voicemail he left his teenage daughter Ireland, in which he called her a "rude, thoughtless little pig." It went viral. In November 2012, she told the New York Post: "People made it out to be a way bigger deal than it was."

Baldwin's wife is currently expecting a baby girl -- who will be the actor's second child.

"I'm having a baby. And everyone has seen how certain things have played out with my daughter, which as been very painful -- it's been really unpleasant," Baldwin told Vanity Fair. "That has consequences, and I do not want that to happen with my next child."

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