How do TV networks solve a problem like Alec Baldwin? We are certain that Alec, the eldest of the notorious Baldwin brothers, whose antics in the 80s made for much tabloid fodder.
The award winning actor has been fired by MSNBC, barely two months into his new job as host of a late night TV show. Baldwin's show, Up Late, has been cancelled by the news network after news broke out about a homophobic slur he uttered to a paparazzi photographer.
The New York Post's Page Six broke the story early yesterday. MSNBC confirmed that the show had been canned because of the controversy. MSNBC and Baldwin's personal spokesperson,Matthew Hiltzik, confirmed to The Huffington Post that Baldwin's show had been cancelled.
“We are jointly confirming that Up Late will not continue on MSNBC.” MSNBC added, “This is a mutual parting and we wish Alec all the best.”
It's interesting to note that every episode of Up Late has beaten CNN and also that the show increased the MSNBC audience in the time slot. So Alec's expulsion should be great news, TV ratings wise, for the CNN crew, especially Piers Morgan.
Baldwin was quoted in an interview with Gothamist, saying: "I dispute half the comment I made... if I called him 'cocksucking maggot' or a 'cocksucking motherfucker'... 'faggot' is not the word that came out of my mouth. That I know. But 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."
This comes after he was in hot water after tweeting a homophobic slur to a Daily Mail reporter, after he published an article about Baldwin's wife tweeting at James Gandolfini's funeral earlier this year.
There's still no word which show will replace Up Late.
Here's what people are tweeting about Baldwin being fired from MSNBC
Alec Baldwin got fired already from MSNBC😂😂😂....that's what he gets, MSNBC doesn't tolerate homophobes
— ⚓️Lexi (@Lurker_Lexi) November 26, 2013
MSNBC firing Alec Baldwin proves no matter how big you are, screaming gay slurs can get you fired from at least 1 of 8 jobs.
— CJ Sullivan (@CJVLR) November 26, 2013
I can't believe I'm saying this, but MSNBC deserves an award for hiring and firing Alec Baldwin within a month.
— Emily Miller (@EmilyMiller) November 20, 2013
Poor Alec Baldwin. He must be so pissed that he got fired and that vile @MartinBashir still has a job. Oh well, one moron at a time.
— Anne19 (@anne19brown) November 26, 2013
So is Alec Baldwin basically like drunker Keith Olbermann now? #fired
— unproductive dork (@not_productive) November 26, 2013
So Alec Baldwin was fired from #MSNBC finally.....now what about Martin Bashir? Just fire him. Joy Reid wouldn't mind it. hahaha
— Allen Ward (@ABleedingCorpse) November 26, 2013
So Alec Baldwin gets fired for comment made on Street. Martin Bashir spews filth on air ask out Sarah Palin and is still on air. Why?
— Wolf Warren (@TruckerWolf) November 26, 2013
while I dislike Alec Baldwin to begin with, I don't think he should be fired for going on a rant. Martin Bashir comments were much worse !
— Danny (@Puffwoody) November 27, 2013
When are they going to do something about martin bashir like they did with Alec Baldwin?
— Dennis Doyle (@StennizDoyle) November 27, 2013