Alec Baldwin's ill-fated attempt at late night television may reach an early end. According to the actor himself, his show faces an uncertain fate after his most recent homophobic outburst.
"Whether the show comes back at all is at issue right now," Baldwin revealed Saturday morning on his Huffington Post blog. Paparazzi cameras got too close to Baldwin's wife and newborn child, who were waiting in a black car, and the former 30 Rock star chased them away. That was fine, but as the incident was dying down Baldwin allegedly muttered "c-cksucking f-g," which was not OK. Baldwin defended himself and argued he actually said "c-cksucking fathead," failing to realize that both words are gay slurs. Facing pressure after Baldwin's outburst, MSNBC suspended his late night talk show, Up Late with Alec Baldwin, which airs at 10 p.m. on Fridays, for two weeks.
His team had an episode planned for the 50th anniversary of JFK's death that will no longer see the light of day because of his suspension. "I am deeply apologetic to Ron Fried, who worked extremely hard with me on that show," he said. But Baldwin is at peace with his show's potential untimely demise. "But if the show dies, its fate ends up being no different than the vast majority of start-up TV programming, and so be it," Baldwn says. "We do take a small amount of pride in knowing that we beat CNN in the ratings each of our nights. (I forget who they had on at that time.)"
Baldwin made sure to separate himself and his scandal from the channel he loves so much "Don't allow my problem to be MSNBC's problem. They are good people who work hard at a job, just like many of you," he said. Baldwin says he will still support MSNBC even if they choose to cancel his show, so it should not shock that he's firing shots across the bow for the left-leaning network.
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