MSNBC fires Alec Baldwin, cancels talk show 'Up Late' after homophobic slurs
Alec Baldwin's latest temper tantrum has cost him his new MSNBC talk show, with the network announcing Tuesday they would be ending their relationship and canceling Up Late with Alec Baldwin. Maybe it's time for those anger management classes.
"We are jointly confirming that Up Late will not continue on MSNBC," the network and Baldwin rep Matthew Hiltzik said, according to NBC News. "This is a mutual parting and we wish Alec all the best," MSNBC said.
The show was already on a two-week hiatus after Baldwin was suspended for calling a photographer homophobic slurs in November, leading to a media circus in which Baldwin attempted to defend himself by apologizing and showing off his gay hairdresser. His daughter Ireland also defended him.
"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 a statement back when the show went on hiatus. "Words are important. I understand that and will choose mine with great care going forward."
Ratings for the six-week-old show were already low, and Baldwin had already written on the Huffington Post that "if the show dies, its fate ends up being no different than the vast majority of start-up TV programming, and so be it." His wish has now been granted.
Baldwin has a history of histrionics and physical altercations with paparazzi, who follow he and his wife Hilaria around New York constantly. He has not been charged with any crimes, despite grabbing a few a shoving them around, but he was in court earlier this month for the sentencing of stalker Genevieve Sabourin.