But this may only be a temporary departure from the site. Baldwin asked his Twitter followers to “play a game called Mass Unfollowing” late Tuesday evening: “I want to crash this acct and start again. But, tonight at 10 PM, NY time, unfollow me.”
American Airlines has also released a statement about the incident. Read more from Celebritology here.
Original post has been updated
Alec Baldwin returned to New York a little later than he planned Tuesday after he was taken off an American Airlines flight at LAX for playing a game on a mobile device.
The “30 Rock” actor said on Twitter a flight attendant “reamed [him] out” for playing the app Words With Friends while the plane was at the gate. Baldwin was then removed from the flight.
“He was really agitated,” passenger Bobbi Stockell told the “Today” show. Fellow passenger, boxer Oscar De La Hoya, told reporters he didn’t think there was a problem. “He just got a little angry. That’s it,” De La Hoya said.
Another passenger, Steve Weiss, told a slightly more dramatic version of the story to the New York Post, claiming that Baldwin was also talking on his cellphone: The flight attendant “was very nice. ... He got up threw his papers on the floor stormed into the bathroom slammed the door closed, beat on the wall and then came back. He said ‘If you want to kick me off, kick me off.’ ”
An unnamed flight attendant alleged the actor was being “violent, abusive and aggressive.”
American Airlines declined to discuss the matter but did reach out to the actor in a tweet.
In the time between his removal from his first flight Tuesday afternoon and the take-off of his second, Baldwin dissed American Airlines and its flight attendants in a series of tweets; he also gave some free publicity to the app that started it all.
“United shud hav app onboard where u can play WWF w other passengers. American shud have app where u read the new testament w flt attendants,” Baldwin said in one of many tweets he sent about the incident.
Zynga, the company that created Words With Friends, sent a tweet to show solidarity with the actor: “Hey @AmericanAir, don’t ground @AlecBaldwin for playing. A.B.S.U.R.D. is worth *at least* 11 points in @WordsWFriends.” The company later tweeted a photo (seen here) of a WWF board that displayed the words, “Let Alec Play.”
Baldwin’s spokesperson also capitalized on the moment, saying in a statement that Baldwin “loves WWF so much that he was willing to leave a plane for it.”
For the time being, Baldwin’s Twittering days are over. The actor has deactivated his account to “focus on ‘30 Rock,’” according to his publicist.
But this may only be a temporary departure from the site. Baldwin announced to his Twitter followers late Tuesday evening that he planned to close his account and start a new one: “I want to crash this acct and start again. But, tonight at 10 PM, NY time, unfollow me.”