Alec Baldwin Suspended by MSNBC Following Anti-Gay Comments

Alec Baldwin Suspended by MSNBC Following Anti-Gay Comments

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Baldwin's late-night show pulled after he admitted using homophobic term

Alec Baldwin‘s MSNBC show “Up Late With Alec Baldwin” has been suspended after a tumultuous two days, during which the former “30 Rock” star uttered a homophobic slur at a photographer.

“Up Late,” which airs Friday nights, will be pulled from the network's schedule tonight and for next week, Baldwin said in a statement on MSNBC's website.

Also read: Gay Activists Slam Alec Baldwin for Homophobic Remarks

In his statement, Baldwin acknowledged that he had used “offensive” and “unacceptable” language, saying, “I am deeply sorry.”

“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 wrote in the Friday statement. “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.”

Also read: Alec Baldwin Cops to Gay Slur as Anderson Cooper Slams ‘Ridiculous’ Excuses

The actor concluded, “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.”

The famously hotheaded actor's most recent round of controversy began Thursday, when video published by TMZ seemed to capture him calling a paparazzo a “cocksucking fag.”

Also read: Alec Baldwin Denies Hurling Gay Slur at Paparazzo

Baldwin took to his Twitter account shortly thereafter to clarify that he had actually said “fathead.” However, he later tweeted that, at the advice of GLAAD vice president of communications Rich Ferraro, he should not have used the phrase “cocksucking.”

“Rich Ferraro from @glaad informs me that c'sucker is an anti-gay epithet. In which case I apologize and will retire it from my vocabulary,” Baldwin wrote Thursday night.

Also read: Alec Baldwin Stalker Found Guilty, Sentenced to 7 Months in Jail

Reacting to the suspension, Ferraro said that Baldwin needs to take “real action.”

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,” Ferraro said in a statement Friday.

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?”

GLAAD also criticized Baldwin, as did journalist Andrew Sullivan, who labeled the actor a “homophobic bigot.”

Earlier this year, Baldwin issued an apology to GLAAD, after referring to Daily Mail reporter a “queen” and threatened to beat him, after Stark claimed that Baldwin's wife Hilaria had tweeted during the funeral service for “Sopranos” star James Gandolfini.

  • buffaloboy

    At his core….Alec Baldwin seems to be a good man. He's not perfect, none of us are. He has to address his anger issues and choice of language. To be a celebrity looks to be a major curse to me….Behavior must change over an extended period.

    • K LeJ

      “At his core … a good man” – isn't that what the mums of serial killers say?

      • Caley McGuire

        What an absurd correlation. Well, at least you didn't compare him to Hitler.

      • buffaloboy

        I knew him for a NY Minute back at NYU and I also know he does a lot for charity. I'm not excusing the temper explosions and vocabulary…But, I know if guys were constantly stalking me and my family and sticking cameras inches from my face I might lose it too…Just being real. Just my opinion…Nothing is black and white.

        • K LeeJ

          buffaloboy – how is it that true celebrity royalty [Jay-Z and Beyonce (and their child), Madonna, etc etc etc] manage to live, go out to eat, the theatre, basketball games, enjoy all of NYC and they don't assault people with cameras? Do you believe for one second that Jay-Z doesn't protect his family? Or Madonna's hers? There is NO way that Baldwin is followed, covered, photographed more than true celebrity royalty yet Baldwin is the only one who ALWAYS ends up being a …..

          • buffaloboy

            “how is it that true celebrity royalty [Jay-Z and Beyonce (and their child)”…that's kind of funny…But, you do bring up a good point….I would guess those two examples jz/beonce & Madonna are smart enough to have bodyguards everywhere they go…Baldwin doesn't appear to…that's one factor…And the other one is…as soon as you show someone affects you in a negative manner and you act out against it…those type of people are egged on to do it again and again….If Alec …from the beginning of his stardom… played the game with the stalking paparazzi and smiled and said “Have a good day” He would have bored them to going away….

          • AN EDUCATION IN SEX

            Jay-Z and Beyonce (and their child) and especially Madonna have lost it far too many times to count. They are also constantly surrounded by bodyguards and other members of their entourage. Madonna has lost it possibly more times than anyone. On the opposite end of the losing it spectrum, I find, is Cher, Prince, Paul McCartney, Robbie Robertson, Jeremy Irons, Carl Weathers, Ving Rhames, Sonny Chiba, Vin Diesel, Meryl Streep, Wes Studi, Lance Henriksen, Brian Blessed, Michael Shannon, Lex Luger, IRS, Adam Sandler, Conan O'Brien, Jay Leno, Ryan Reynolds and Johnny Depp.

  • Jose

    CS isn't necessarily homophobic – its anti – paparazzi ( photographer). Unless all paparazzi are gay?

    • Cybercraig

      It's homophobic because they say it is and they're ALWAYS correct. Are all homosexuals gay or are some of them depressed?

  • World gone mad

    Since when is “c-s” a gay slur? Are gays the only ones who c-s?

    Isn't that sexist of them to marginalize women who also c-s?

    This is all so stupid and manufactured.

    And NBC was probably going to pull the show anyway but now it can look like a hero and politically grandstand which it loves to do.

    • Melissa

      lmao..i thought the same..what about straight female c-s hmm.

  • Cybercraig

    So a bunch of queers got their panties in a bunch. Next!

    • HC

      Clearly you are as homophobic as Alec Baldwin, hence his comments are okay with you. I think your family and friends already know you're a bigot. Now you've also let the world know.

      • Wayne Mills

        Agreed. Using a single term, derogatory at that, to classify people based on their sexual preference is idiocy born of ignorance. It's a good sign that he believes himself superior to everyone that isn't exactly like him, thus racism and sexism probably follow suit.

        • Cybercraig

          What, pray tell, is derogatory about the term? I see liberals throw the term “teabagger” around until they're blue in the face. Are you really that thin-skinned? Pity!

          • Caley McGuire

            And you're seriously comparing the two situations? Pray tell?!

          • Cybercraig

            Yes I am. The term queer has always been used along with fruit, homo and several others. Some homosexuals still use it. The term “gay” was pirated by homosexuals because it's a kinder, gentler term. Are all homosexuals gay or a few morose at times? I see you've answered my question with a question so I assume you have little to add?

          • AN EDUCATION IN SEX

            As I stated above:

            Almost every man you will ever meet who wears womans clothes, from casual crossdressers to transvestites to female impersonators, are straight heterosexuals and very right wing about it. They do it because they think women do it better and have it better, and they could be right. Clothes do not affect your sexuality. Homosexuals, on the other hand, are into homoerotic sensuality between the same genders, which they think of as homosexuality which the same genders cannot physically have, with all the repressed psychological baggage that comes with that. Actual physical homoerotic sex can be accomplished if they share reproductive organs of both genders, making them transexual. But if you meant homosexuals then you are right, but your wording needed to be corrected otherwise.

            Alec Baldwin, or anyone, shouldn't lose their job for something as trivial as this name-calling. Maybe the photographer was asking for trouble and controversy?

          • Cybercraig

            “Alec Baldwin, or anyone, shouldn't lose their job for something as
            trivial as this name-calling. Maybe the photographer was asking for
            trouble and controversy?”

            I've got to agree. We are taking words to a whole new level in this nanny-fication of America. Now we are telling Black people what words they can and can't use among each other. Now we have locker room police!

          • Wayne Mills

            I agree, Alec Baldwin shouldn't have been punished to this degree for a slur toward a person that was, given their reputation, antagonizing him. I agree with your points, except for calling an entire group by a known slur, whether you recognize it as such or not, in a public forum. Using the term ‘teabagger’ isn't any better.
            As I tell my children, “Just because someone else does it, does not mean that it's right for you to do it.”
            You can't rail against the sheep in one instance and then use actions of the same sheep to justify your own. It makes you look like a moron, which you are obviously not.

          • beebop

            yes, he “seriously’ is…teabagger is an offensive vulgar epithet designed to diminish a group's civil rights…and I'm not even in that group at all…maybe that's too complex for you…maybe I should just speak at your level and just say “amazing, literally, seriously and awesome” but not much of anything else.

      • Cybercraig

        And that is a problem for who?

      • typical

        Your point isn't strong enough to stand on its own, so you have to rely on a straw man gang up (“the whole world knows what you are”) – you do realize you are just another bully

    • docmos

      sounds like Cyber craig is getting his closet panites in a bunch…careful not to protest too much Cybercraig :) Next!

    • AN EDUCATION IN SEX

      Almost every man you will ever meet who wears womans clothes, from casual crossdressers to transvestites to female impersonators, are straight heterosexuals and very right wing about it. They do it because they think women do it better and have it better, and they could be right. Clothes do not affect your sexuality. Homosexuals, on the other hand, are into homoerotic sensuality between the same genders, which they think of as homosexuality which the same genders cannot physically have, with all the repressed psychological baggage that comes with that. Actual physical homoerotic sex can be accomplished if they share reproductive organs of both genders, making them transexual. But if you meant homosexuals then you are right, but your wording needed to be corrected otherwise.

      Alec Baldwin, or anyone, shouldn't lose their job for something as trivial as this name-calling. Maybe the photographer was asking for trouble and controversy?

  • Wayne Mills

    Being brought up in a time before Socialism really took hold, I must say that an actor not being able to practice free speech, while off-air, is a sure sign that our society is going down the toilet. If people are really that wounded over a comment, they are among the weakest of life-forms. Perhaps instead of going into an uproar over a heated slur, the gay rights community in general should learn to cope with their own sexuality without being offended by every word that could be contrived against them.

    • april showers

      Some very much enjoy the power to bully people that they don't like. They LOVE to appear to have the moral ‘high road” and lord it over people especially the uneducated and morally ambivalent. It makes them feel morally superior and self righteous instead of perverse and decadent. Anderson Cooper personifies this type of personality. He absolutely does not represent the larger gay community who is busy living their own lives completely unconcerned about Alec Baldwin and his latest drama with the ever annoying paparazzi that make him famous by recording his every utterance.

      • Wayne Mills

        Precisely. The average person, gay or otherwise, couldn't care less. It's the so-called gay rights advocates that make the gay community seem like a collection of bitter and unhappy people.
        It's the same way in every rights group, though. America has allowed far too much in the way of politically correct concessions. The simple acts that common sense views as trivial are turned to mock outrage in this environment.

  • Terri K

    It's funny for many years I have heard straight men call other straight men the same names as Alec Baldwin did the photographer. When men get angry they resort to name calling. I have also been around gay men that called each other names which are considered gay slurs now.. I don't think men that do this hate gays they just say things to let off steam.. Alec should have just ignored the guy and left.

  • Baldwin at it again

    Baldwin is an equal-opportunty assaulter: blacks, gays, you name it.

    He is an insecure bully who never learned to control his emotions which makes him a dangerous, serial, assaulter. It wasn't that long ago Baldwin called (and tweeted) an award-winning black photographer a “crackhead” — solely based on the color of the photographer's skin.

    The black photographer's work has received solo exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the John Jay College of Justice.

    • Melissa

      right..cuz only black people are crackheads? Whos racist now .

      • World gone mad

        I was going to reply similarly but you did it so well

      • Baldwin at it again

        Baldwin actually wrote the word “crackhead” in a tweet although he later deleted all his tweets. That was just ONE of words he hurled at the black photographer when assaulting him. “Coon” was another.

        Sorry if my post was misleading because it was short.

      • Cybercraig

        The first crack was cooked in the ghetto as a way to market cocaine in small smokeable quantities. It was always distributed by primarily Black gangs so the customers would be mostly Black. Therefore, most crackheads would be Black. Most free-basers would be non-Black but just as stoned.

  • Baldwin at it again

    Google Alec Baldwin Fox News – Find this article “http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2013/11/15/alec-baldwin-pushes-threatens-photographer/Baldwin berserk? Actor pushes photographer, threatens ‘you don't want to get hurt, do ya?'”

  • Baldwin at it again

    Google Alec Baldwin Fox News: there is an article about Baldwin's even more recent assault where he pushed a “photographer, threatens ‘you don't want to get hurt, do ya?’

  • Andrew T. Armstrong

    Gays have killed the USA. If such language bothers them, then why become gay?

    • Tim

      So much stupid in such a short statement.

      • Andrew T. Armstrong

        I apologize that my gay comment offended your gay lifestyle.

      • lucybeckettmartinez

        There certainly was! However, I do think this was an over-reaction. I have seen and read enough about Baldwin, through the years, to know that he is a loose cannon…he has no filter and says whatever pops out of his mouth. Still, he's a talented, smart, funny guy and I like him. As for me, I'm straight, but not narrow!

      • admittruth

        Andrew is either being sarcastic, or he is a troll, because no one could be as stupid as he is pretending with that comment. It's just not believable that anyone is THAT stupid.

    • Sarah

      How many chins do you have? If I was you, I would be embarrassed to post my real picture, just saying.

      • Andrew T. Armstrong

        Just Saying? My grand daughter uses that a lot. So you are 6?7? Does your mom and dad know you use there computer? Now i have to apologize for the fact that i can afford food. I am sorry that i get to eat, a lot, at really good and expensive restaurants. And that most of the male waiters are gay. I am sorry you have to go hungry.

  • Martin Morrison

    you are a total asshole,grow up,you are suppose to be a star,please retire, you need anger management

    • Wayne Mills

      Really? Let's review the paparazzi.
      Constantly barring celebrities exit from venues and private gatherings.
      Invasion of privacy on a scale that the CIA deems unnecessary.
      The chase, and subsequent death, of Princess Dianna.
      So on and so forth.
      What would you do if someone was blocking you from leaving a dinner? Stand there, waiting, while saying, “Excuse me, sir.”?
      That doesn't excuse his choice of wording, but getting pissed off at the paparazzi is completely understandable. Bieber did it…

      • Martin Morrison

        Thats the life they choose,i comes with the territory,if you live in the city and want attention,new york is the place,as far baby spoil bieber,he needs a foot up his ass,grew up baby.

  • C Thompson

    C*cksucker is not a gay slur. Here is proof: Heterosexual women also sucks c*cks.

  • tony

    oh my god so what? sticks and stones and all that garbage but now words do hurt? we always talk about freedom yet we are not even free to say what we want. if you put one in your mouth then you are what he said you are. did he lie? if you are offended then don't follow baldwin's career.

  • Gays need guidance

    if someone walks up to me and calls me a pussy eater, never in a million years would i take offense to it. cuz thats what i choose to engage in. why are gays taking offense as to be called cock suckers. seems like gays are more ashamed at their own homosexual acts more than any heterosexual member of our society could ever be. Smh. They cant even face the facts and look themselves in the mirror