Alec Baldwin show suspended, actor apologizes for homophobic slur
Alec Baldwin's MSNBC show, "Up Late With Alec Baldwin," has been temporarily suspended by the news network.
MSNBC suspended the show for two weeks on Friday, Nov. 15, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show, which debuted in October, will reportedly return to air on Nov. 29.
The suspension of Baldwin's show comes after the actor was seen in several videos published online earlier this week saying a homophobic slur to a photographer who got into a confrontation with the actor.
Baldwin and his wife, Hilaria Baldwin, are followed by the paparazzi constantly and she talked about it in several tweets on Friday.
Baldwin initially apologized for using the anti-gay slur in a tweet on his Twitter account, but the tweet has since been deleted. He then released a statement on Friday, apologizing for the comments that he 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," he said in the statement. "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," he added. "Again, please accept my apology."
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, who is openly gay, tweeted about Baldwin's remarks on Friday and said, "Wow, Alec Baldwin shows his true colors yet again. How is he going to lie and excuse his anti-gay slurs this time?"
Cooper later added, "Just read Alec Baldwin's latest excuses. They are actually so ridiculous they are funny."
This is not the first time Baldwin has had to apologize for using anti-gay slurs. In June, the actor released a statement to GLAAD and apologized for using anti-gay slurs during a Twitter rant against a journalist who claimed Baldwin's wife was tweeting while attending the funeral of James Gandolfini.
The news comes a day after Canadian actress Genevieve Sabourin was found guilty of stalking and harassing Baldwin and was sentenced to 210 days in jail.