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'Up Late with Alec Baldwin' Canceled by MSNBC

 

Up Late with Alec Baldwin

 

First, Alec Baldwin got suspended from MSNBC due to making homophobic remarks in public. Then, the always outspoken actor/host took to his Huffington Post blog, venting his anger and frustration over what he perceived as unfair treatment by both his employer and the public at large. He even implied that he might quit show business entirely over it.

As you might imagine, choosing to follow a controversial public rant with another controversial public rant did nothing to endear Baldwin to MSNBC executives, with things coming to a head earlier today. Baldwin's speculation that 'Up Late' might not return following its two week suspension has turned out to be a self-fulfilling prophecy, as reps for both he and the network have confirmed that 'Up Late' is done, effective immediately.

The decision is being billed as a "mutual parting" of the ways, although that could obviously be Hollywood spin for "get the hell out Baldwin, and don't let the door hit you in the backside as you leave." The truth is, we don't know, and probably won't ever know how amicable this split actually is.

All in all, the aborted five week run of 'Up Late with Alec Baldwin' will likely end up as a mere footnote in the history of cable news. 'Up Late' was MSNBC's first real stab at a celebrity interview series, and it barely moved the needle ratings wise. The final episode to air drew only 395,000 viewers, which is unimpressive even by basic cable late night standards. It will probably be the last time any cable news channel tries this type of show, at least for awhile.

Did Alec Baldwin deserve to get canned? Or did MSNBC treat him unfairly?


Details
Network:
- msnbc
Person:
- Alec Baldwin
Show:
- Up Late w/Alec Baldwin

Written by: Michael Stevenson
Nov 26th, 2013, 6:15 am

Images courtesy of MSNBC

Anonymous

Message Posted On Nov 29th, 2013, 12:34 pm
its his right to not like gays. its that simple ooohhjaa and the free speech thingie offcourse.
aceyriot

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Since: 03/Jun/11
Message Posted On Nov 27th, 2013, 5:09 am

i have to be honest: i know what good he has done for the gay community at large and while that doesn't excuse slurs and homophobia he has done his part to prove that he is NOT a biggot, just a big mouthed temper-tantrum throwing little boy who just about everyone has had enough of, myself included.
i have had quite enough of him in the movies, on tv, in the tabloids and if he did just fall off the face of the earth i dont really think i would be all too bothered. Being outspoken, controvesial and passionate is one thing but his egotism and obnoxious lack of composure has been given a pass for far too long. if he can't learn to be mature enough to respect the basic social contract he doesnt deserve to given attention. just like parenting; don't reinforce negative behavior with attention.

yanks

Message Posted On Nov 26th, 2013, 4:12 pm
no what happened to free-speech
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