By Tim Kenneally
Alec Baldwin’s MSNBC show “Up Late With Alec Baldwin” has been suspended after a tumultuous two days, during which the former “30 Rock” star uttered a homophobic slur at a photographer and had other run-ins with the paparazzi.
“Up Late,” which airs Friday nights, will be pulled from the network’s schedule tonight and for next week, Baldwin said in a statement on MSNBC’s website.
In his statement, Baldwin acknowledged that he had used “offensive” and “unacceptable” language, saying, “I am deeply sorry.”
“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,” Baldwin wrote in the statement, published Friday. “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.”
The actor concluded, “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.”