A mere month after premiering, Up Late with Alec Baldwin
has been issued a two week suspension
. This suspension is a result of anti-gay slurs against photographers who were filming him in the street, whilst he was with his wife and daughter.
Baldwin has apologised, issuing a statement on msnbc’s
“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.”
GLAAD, a gay rights group that has defended Baldwin in the past, was not particularly pleased upon viewing the footage.
GLAAD Spokesman Rich Ferraro said in a statement: "Mr Baldwin can't lend his support for equality on paper, while degrading gay people in practice.
"It's clearly time he listens to the calls from so many LGBT people and allies to end this pattern of anti-gay slurs."
As well as this, there was the court case earlier this week where Baldwin tearfully testified against Canadian Actress Genevieve Sabourin; she was found guilty of stalking and has been jailed for six months.
The actor’s show did not air this week, and will return on the 29th