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MSNBC Suspends Alec Baldwin’s Up Late for Two Weeks (TVNewser)
MSNBC has suspended Alec Baldwin after he called a photographer a “c**ksucking f*g.” His outburst has been criticized as homophobic and anti-gay. In a statement posted on MSNBC.com, Baldwin apologized for his remarks. NYT He wrote: “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.” Capital New York Up Late has only been on the channel for a month, so a two-week hiatus is significant. The former 30 Rock actor has a history of public outbursts, but said before his MSNBC program began that the channel knew what it was getting into when it hired him. HuffPost Baldwin: “Whether the show comes back at all is at issue right now. My producers and I had a very enlightening and well-researched program prepared to air on Nov. 22 itself, dealing with John Kennedy’s assassination. That show is off the air now. I am deeply apologetic to Ron Fried, who worked extremely hard with me on that show.” TheWrap Baldwin came under fire from CNN newsman Anderson Cooper, who accused Baldwin of making “ridiculous” excuses. “Wow, Alec Baldwin shows his true colors yet again,” Cooper wrote Friday. “How is he going to lie and excuse his anti-gay slurs this time?” TVSpy Robert Moses, reporter for New York Fox-owned station WNYW was confronted and threatened by Baldwin Friday morning. TVSpy Hours after confronting Moses, Baldwin continued his terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, this time accusing WNYW reporter Linda Schmidt of hitting his wife in the face with a mic.