Alec Baldwin’s “Up Late” show won’t be aired tonight and next Friday because it was suspended by MSNBC following the actor’s comments made while dealing with reporters seeking to question him about a salacious court case in which he is involved.
“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,” Baldwin said in a statement posted on MSNBC’s website.
“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.”
He went on, adding: “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.”
After the network’s statement, GLAAD vp of communications Rich Ferraro said: “Alec Baldwin still needs to take real action. MSNBC has sent a message that anti-gay slurs carry consequences, and that’s an important standard to uphold at a time when LGBT people continue to face disproportionate levels of bullying and violence just because of who they are.”
The actor, who testified this week at a trial of a woman accused of stalking him,was asked about it by a reporter from a Fox-operated TV station.
Baldwin brushed by the reporter, but then turned and confronted him, saying, “If you’re still here when my wife and kid come out, you’re going to have a big problem, you know that?” He got angry, asking the reporter, “You are as dumb as you look. You are with Fox, right?”
Earlier this week, the Hollywood star warded off photographers that he supposed were getting too close to his family. At one point during the confrontation, he was heard using an anti-gay slur, writes Variety.
Baldwin later took to Twitter to draw attention of his fans to the offensiveness of such language.
By the way, Balwin’s show suspension is not the first one the popular TV network put on. Three years ago, back in 2010, MSNBC took oof air Keith Olbermann, then its best-known anchor, after the company found out that he had made political donations to three Democratic congressional candidates – a move that violates NBC News ethics policies.However, at the time the suspension lasted only for a couple of days.
“Up Late With Baldwin” features guests in one-on-one conversation with the star, who has gained a positive reputation with NBCUniversal during his tenure on “30 Rock,” which was quite popular on the NBC broadcast network, and as a host of “Saturday Night Live.”
The show debuted not long time ago with an hour-long interview with Bill de Blasio, just a couple of days before he was elected Mayor of New York City.