MSNBC has suspended Alec Baldwin after he called a photographer a “c*ocksucking f*g” yesterday. His outburst has been criticized as homophobic and anti-gay. In a statement posted on MSNBC.com, Baldwin apologized for his remarks:
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.
“Up Late” is due to return to the MSNBC schedule on November 29.