The cable news network has pulled Alec Baldwin’s Friday night interview show off the air for the next two weeks after the actor verbally lashed out at a photographer this week. Asked about a recent court case he’s testified in, the often combustable Baldwin responded to the snapper with what appeared to be homophobic remarks. Up Late With Alec Baldwin will not air tonight, when Ellen Barkin was set to be the guest, or on November 22. Here’s a statement from Baldwin that was posted today on MSNBC’s website:
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.
This isn’t the first time MSNBC has had to pull one of the hosts off the air because of offensive comments. Back in May 2011, Ed Schultz was taken off for a week without pay for calling conservative radio host Laura Ingraham “a right wing slut.”
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