Just one month after its launch, Alec Baldwin’s new talk show on MSNBC has been yanked off the air, the actor confirmed in a statement.
The cable network suspended Baldwin’s interview show “Up Late” for two weeks after the actor reportedly hurled a gay slur during a confrontation with a photographer in New York City.
The incident happened Thursday when Baldwin and his wife were leaving their apartment.
“Up Late” did not air Friday and the network said it would not be shown next week.
As word of the suspension spread, Baldwin issued an apology saying he didn’t mean to offend anyone.
“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,” Baldwin said in a written statement posted on the MSNBC website.
On Saturday afternoon Baldwin insisted on his blog that he had not used a homophobic slur against the photographer. He also said it was unclear if his show would be returning.
“Another issue I want to address is the decision by MSNBC to suspend my show. Whether the show comes back at all is at issue right now,” Baldwin wrote.