Alec Baldwin recently caused a media firestorm after hurling an anti-gay slur at a paparazzi outside of his New York City apartment building. Right away, the backlash began and Alec was slammed as a homophobe in the press. Now, his MSNBC series Up Late has been suspended, and according to reports, it may never come back.
“He would only show up at work an hour a week to prep for the show, and when he did turn up, he was in an angry mood, red-faced, and shouting at all the staff,” a source revealed to the New York Post. “And he said the air at 30 Rock was too dry, it was bad for his voice, he needed a humidifier.”
In addition to being difficult, Alec is also not doing that great in the ratings game. In fact, his latest show hit a demo low. “Before MSNBC pulled the Nov. 15 and Nov. 22 episodes of Up Late With Alec Baldwin, the series was posting lackluster ratings,” The Hollywood Reporter states. “Five weeks into its 10 p.m. Fridays run, Up Late was down 40 percent from the premiere in both key measurements — dropping to 395,000 total viewers and 101,000 adults 25-to-54 by its Nov. 8 telecast.”
Following Alec’s highly publicised anti-gay comment, he released a public statement through MSNBC.
“I would like to address the comments I made this past week. 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,” Alec wrote in the statement on November 15. “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. 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.”
After MSNBC suspended Up Late, GLAAD’s VP of communications issued a statement of their own which read, “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.”
As of now, Up Late is set to return to MSNBC on November 29 at its regular time, 10:00pm.
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