Original story (November 26, 2013):
Alec Baldwin finally said one inappropriate piece of hate speech too many. MSNBC has sacked the actor, according to both TMZ and Page Six.
The 55-year-old, who hosted MSNBC’s Up Late With Alec Baldwin, was fired after his recent use of homophobic speech, says TMZ. Seeing as there were a couple such incidents of late, which one did the breaking?
According to TMZ that be the one where Alec allegedly called a photographer a “c--ksucking f-g.” Alec maintains he didn’t know the c-word was “anti-gay” and actually said “fathead” rather than the more offensive option. MSNBC suspended him after the incident and now it seems the network has decided to make the break permanent.
“The decision has been made. He’s gone,” an “insider at the cable channel” tells Page Six. “The [channel’s parent company] Comcast guys have decided. Word is spreading through the building.” At least a few of them are likely relieved at the news. Alec’s “diva-like behavior” played a part in his dismissal, says Page Six.
Over at TMZ, an MSNBC rep calls the firing “a mutual parting” and says the company wishes “Alec all the best.” Alec has yet to make a public comment but if he does, let’s hope it’s not verbally offensive.
What do you make of the news? Think it’s about time or does Alec deserve another chance? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Update (November 27, 2013):
Alec Baldwin discussed the saga with Gothamist and named GLAAD vice president Rich Ferraro and blogger Andrew Sullivan as the instigators of Up Late’s cancellation, saying, “You’ve got the fundamentalist wing of gay advocacy — Rich Ferraro and Andrew Sullivan — they’re out there, they’ve got you. Rich Ferraro, this is probably one of his greatest triumphs. They killed my show. And I have to take some responsibility for that myself.”
For his part, Andrew responded on his blog, The Dish, writing, “I just believe that explicitly homophobic slurs directed at actual human beings as a way to degrade them doesn’t have a ‘but-he’s-a-liberal’ exception. It’s ugly and would not be tolerated if directed against any other minority group. MSNBC did the right thing. But it was their choice not mine.”