MSNBC Gives Alec Baldwin the Boot Following Anti-Gay Slurs
The New York Post's Page Six is reporting that MSNBC has fired actor and talk show host Alec Baldwin following a series of anti-gay slurs he recently uttered.
Sources tell Page Six that "Up Late With Alec Baldwin," the actor's late night talk show endeavor on the cable network has been canceled because of the actor's "foul-mouthed rant" at a photographer. "The decision has been made. He's gone," an insider at the cable channel told the site. "The [parent company] Comcast guys have decided. Word is spreading through the building."
In addition to his Anger Management issue, the firing may also be due in part to the 'Orphan's star treatment of his
co-workers, including a demand for a makeup room which was separate from one being used by a woman with cancer who was sensitive to hairspray. After being denied the request, Baldwin allegedly raged, "I don't give a f**k if she has cancer or not, I Want That f**king makeup room."
Recent ratings for Baldwin's show have been less than stellar. His most recent show, featuring Debra Winger, delivered just 395,000 total viewers.
A spokesman for Baldwin refused to use the term "fired" to describe the situation, but did concede that, "the show is not coming back. He had questions on whether he wanted to continue."
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Baldwin is well known for his portrayal of 'Jack Donaghy' on NBC's 30 Rock, and often hosts the network's Saturday Night Live. Baldwin's Blue Jasmine just hit theaters, and the actor will next appear on the big screen in Caught Stealing.
Baldwin just appeared on Broadway this summer in Orphans. His other stage credits include Twentieth Century, Short Talks on the Universe, A Streetcar Named Desire, Serious Money and Loot, as well as off-Broadway's Entertaining Mr. Sloane, South Pacific, Macbeth and Prelude to a Kiss.