Actor Alec Baldwin apologizes for slur, talk show suspended

LOS ANGELES Fri Nov 15, 2013 8:55pm EST

Actor Alec Baldwin shoves a photographer and tells him to move out of his way after he arrived in his SUV at the building where he lives in New York November 15, 2013. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Actor Alec Baldwin shoves a photographer and tells him to move out of his way after he arrived in his SUV at the building where he lives in New York November 15, 2013.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Alec Baldwin said his late night talk show on cable news network MSNBC will be taken off the air on Friday and next week and apologized for comments that a gay rights group called homophobic epithets.

Baldwin, 55, announced the decision in a statement, saying that his comments were "offensive and unacceptable." His talk show "Up Late with Alec Baldwin" began last month.

"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 said in the statement, adding that he was trying to protect his wife and daughter in New York.

Earlier this week, the actor tearfully testified at the trial of a woman who was sentenced to 210 days in jail after being found guilty of stalking and harassing him and his wife, Hilaria.

In a video posted on celebrity website TMZ.com on Thursday, Baldwin confronts a photographer filming him in a New York street and calls him a homophobic slur that drew the ire of gay rights group GLAAD, which has previously defended the actor when he was accused of homophobic language.

"Mr. Baldwin can't lend his support for equality on paper, while degrading gay people in practice," GLAAD spokesman Rich Ferraro said in a statement. "It's clearly time he listens to the calls from so many LGBT people and allies to end this pattern of anti-gay slurs."

It was not known if the photographer at whom Baldwin directed his comments was gay.

Baldwin, who has had many confrontations with photographers and reporters approaching him in public, also came under fire in June for homophobic tweets aimed at a reporter for Britain's Daily Mail newspaper.

(Reporting by Eric Kelsey; Editing by Mary Milliken anad Mohammad Zargham)

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Comments (4)
Harrison2253 wrote:
The “toad” strikes again

Nov 15, 2013 10:31pm EST  --  Report as abuse
mutter wrote:
What a LOSER. He needs to climb under a rock and stay there. He is going to have a giant meltdown one day and hurt someone. Anger Management classes anyone?

Nov 15, 2013 11:07pm EST  --  Report as abuse
gvalentino wrote:
The L.G.B.T. spent years and years for acceptance and the ability to publicly express their unique way of life. Mr. Baldwin expressed an opinion which was not in coherence with that ideology. Did the L.G.B.T. think that all straight men and women rolled over and accepted this ‘new world order’? Think again. We just don’t have a public forum to express ourselves. The question is; If you can express yourselves, is it not only fair that we can express ourselves? This smacks of reverse discrimination, in my opinion.

Nov 16, 2013 8:25am EST  --  Report as abuse
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