Alec Baldwin, MSNBC Part Ways
BY Michelle Garcia
November 26 2013 4:37 PM ET
Earlier this month, Baldwin's Up Late show was suspended for two weeks after he apologized for reportedly calling the photographer a "cocksucking little fag." The next day, Baldwin said his "offensive, unacceptable" behavior occurred when he was trying to protect his family.
"Behavior like this undermines hard-fought rights that I vigorously support," he said.
Baldwin's representative said in the statement that the actor-host and the network have parted ways. A statement from MSNBC said the decision was a "mutual parting, and we wish Alec all the best."
Baldwin is well known for his liberal politics, including support for LGBT rights, but he also has a history of using antigay slurs when angry. Last summer, for instance, he called a British reporter a “toxic little queen,” among other things, and he also used “queen” in reference to a New York Daily News editor. Regarding the latest incident, he initially claimed he called the photographer “fathead” instead of “fag” and asserted he did not know that “cocksucking” had an antigay connotation. He received condemnation from several organizations and people, including GLAAD, CNN journalist Anderson Cooper, and gay columnist Andrew Sullivan.
- Gay Artists & Artwork From Around the Globe | Artist Spotlight
- Read This Mich. Democrat's Epic Response to Antigay Group's 'Pile of Excrement'
- California Becomes First State to Ban Gay, Trans 'Panic' Defenses
- Modern Family Director Live-Tweets a Plane Passenger's Drunken Meltdown
- Bible-Quoting Man Shoots Couple With BB Gun Outside Minneapolis Gay Bar
- Outrage After Major Minn. Paper Sells Transphobic Coalition Full-Page Ad