Alec Baldwin Suspended from MSNBC After Latest Outburst


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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. 

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Written by: AnthonyWrites
Nov 16th, 2013, 12:39 pm

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Message Posted On Nov 18th, 2013, 11:06 am
Why suspend him? Normally this buffoon says something offensive and he gets patted on the head, told how great he is, and receives some sort of reward. Baldwin is teflon, able to slam and offend people from the right and left with equal impunity. Of course when he slams gay people and gets nothing more than "now, now, Alex... don't do that again" it only serves to make the media look like hypocrites, because the feeding frenzy would be on if someone like Sarah Palin or Ted Nugent said the same things as Baldwin. Sorry, MSNBC, he is a monster that you helped create, now it's time for you to step up and take ownership.

Message Posted On Nov 17th, 2013, 7:56 am
Some people deserve it.

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Message Posted On Nov 17th, 2013, 7:23 am

I didn't really understand them hiring him in the first place either.  MSNBC probably has the collection of on-air people least likely to cause a public ruckus.  Guess maybe that's why they did it, but seems like asking for trouble.


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Message Posted On Nov 17th, 2013, 2:14 am

Well put, msd.



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Message Posted On Nov 16th, 2013, 4:42 pm

Personally, I think MSNBC suspending him is kind of stupid. Sure, what he said was ill-advised and inappropriate, but half of the things Alec Baldwin says publicly are ill-advised or inappropriate. The only people who should be suspended are the MSNBC executives who chose to hire a guy that has a long, long history of public outbursts. Hiring Alec Baldwin, then getting angry when he embarrasses you publicly, is akin to hiring an arsonist to clean your house, then being surprised when you come home to find it burnt down. What did MSNBC think was going to happen?

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