MSNBC suspends Alec Baldwin for 2 weeks over homophobia scandal
NEW YORK (PIX11) – Alec Baldwin’s late night show will be pulled for two weeks by MSNBC following a string of angry, public outbursts — including one alleged use of a homophobic slur.
Just hours after he won a court case against his stalker, he was angrily confronting a photographer in the street, yelling what sounded like “c–k sucking f-g.” While he initially claimed he was saying something different, he ended up apologizing after being heavily criticized by CNN’s Anderson Cooper, among others.
Friday, he grabbed and shoved a New York Post reporter who asked him for a comment while filming the encounter.
Baldwin issued the following statement, which was posted on the MSNBC website:
“I would like to address the comments I made this past week.
I did not intend to hurt or offend anyone with my choice of words, but clearly I have – and for that I am deeply sorry. Words are important. I understand that, and will choose mine with great care going forward. What I said and did this week, as I was trying to protect my family, was offensive and unacceptable. Behavior like this undermines hard-fought rights that I vigorously support. I understand “Up Late” will be taken off the schedule for tonight and next week.
I want to apologize to my loyal fans and to my colleagues at msnbc – both for my actions and for distracting from their good work. Again, please accept my apology.”
MSNBC did not add any further comment.
“Up Late With Alec Baldwin” is a weekly show that has been on the air for a month.