Whether or not people can truly change their habits is up for debate, but it seems inevitable that this day would come. The oft-maligned Alec Baldwin, the boisterous actor who has a long list of confrontations and outbursts, has had his late night show on MSNBC suspended following yet another incident.
Baldwin was videotaped using at least one homophobic remark towards an inquiring photographer this past week. In a video posted on TMZ, a disgruntled Baldwin yells at a photographer, moving hurriedly in his direction before turning to the videographer and yelling at him. Turning away, he utters a verb and a noun, both profane, the former audible, and the latter less clear.
‘Up Late with Alec Baldwin,’ a weekly talk show on Fridays at 10 p.m. did not air on Nov. 15 and will not run on Nov. 22 either. The two-week suspension, which is in fact only a two-episode hiatus at the moment, comes barely over a month since the show debuted on Oct. 11.
In a statement posted on the MSNBC website, Baldwin wrote, "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." He added, "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."
Baldwin has famously, or rather infamously, gotten into altercations with paparazzi, feuded with reporters on Twitter, and left a cantankerous voicemail for his daughter. Conversely, he has been lauded for his performance on ’30 Rock,’ and Woody Allen’s latest feature, ‘Blue Jasmine.’
The suspension comes just a week after record-low ratings for the fledgling program, pulling in just 101,000 viewers age 25-54 on Nov. 8.