Alec Baldwin blames gay activists for talk show cancellation

Soon after news broke that Alec Baldwin‘s talk show Up Late was axed by network MSNBC, the actor, 55, revealed to the Gothamist that he holds the “fundamentalist wing of gay advocacy – Rich Ferraro and Andrew Sullivan” partly responsible for the cancellation of his show. “Rich Ferraro, this is probably one of his greatest triumphs,” Baldwin  continued. “They killed my show.” He did acknowledge, however: “I have to take some responsibility for that myself.”  The news came after production was halted due to a video that showed Baldwin directing an anti-gay slur at paparazzo. He was caught on camera apparently calling a photographer a “c**ksucking f*g,” and subsequently received backlash from the LGBT advocacy group GLAAD. “I would like to address the comments I made this past week,” the actor wrote in a statement on Friday, Nov.  15. “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,” he added. “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 show was expected to return on November 29th, but the decision was made to pull the plug. “We are jointly confirming that Up Late will not continue on MSNBC,” the network and a representative of Baldwin said in a statement. “This is a mutual parting and we wish Alec all the best.” ~Raj-Kabir Birk

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  1. glendac • November 28, 2013 @ 12:42 PM

    Sounds like the rampage he went on years ago when he called his daughter vulgar names. He needs to get help for anger management and grow up.

  2. Lou F. W. Israel • November 28, 2013 @ 1:32 PM

    Perhaps. However, unlike say, Charlie Sheen. he is not an addict, just a fantastic actor with a short temper. I do not believe his comments are dismissal-worthy but I also do not believe the parting was mutual. Too many people willing to jump the gun at misspeaks lately.

  3. Kris • November 28, 2013 @ 6:51 PM

    Alec needs to stop blaming others and take responsibility for his actions.

  4. gbh999 • November 28, 2013 @ 8:48 PM

    Why is this bigot, still employed, in the industry? It can’t be, that no one else knows how to act.

  5. Janelle • November 29, 2013 @ 12:26 PM

    Pathetic loser with no anger management control. Why doesn’t he get some help? And why do women marry this jerk?

  6. Movie Buff • November 29, 2013 @ 5:44 PM

    He knows what is right and wrong, yet he choses to live his life using inappropriate and offensive language. If he did not use words like that often, then they would not have rolled off his tongue so easily.

    He had a chance with his new show, and he had a choice on how to react. Both were at odds with one another, and he is not subjected to live with his choices.

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