Up Late With Alec Baldwin's five viewers are in for a sad surprise tonight: the show has been taken off MSNBC this and next week.
Or rather, he apologized for "the comments I made this past week" (without specifying what they were) and any offense anyone may have taken from them:
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. 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. Again, please accept my apology.
A clip posted earlier in the day from tonight's (no longer airing) show has been pulled from the site.
But will Up Late return the week after next, or will we have to look elsewhere for interviews with Cristina Tzintzun and Mary Brosnahan? No official announcement from MSNBC yet, but Baldwin tweeted this a few hours ago:
All good things must ......— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) November 15, 2013
Getting rid of Up Late wouldn't be a huge loss for MSNBC. Its ratings are pretty bad and Baldwin's apparent inability to control himself is, of course, a liability. But it would be embarrassing, since MSNBC knew full well what it was getting into and, just two months ago, network president Phil Griffin was saying he couldn't "wait to bring his personality and eclectic interests to MSNBC."
Last month, Griffin added that Baldwin was "a little different for us but I think it is a great fit."
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