Why Was Alec Baldwin Fired By MSNBC?
Alec Baldwin has been fired by MSNBC. The network has dropped the actor’s show Late Night with Alec Baldwin after his reported use of an anti-gay slur two weeks ago. Baldwin chased after a photographer in NYC and called him a “c*cks*cking f*g,” which resulted in the network suspending his show for two weeks in response.
Although a spokesman for Baldwin wouldn’t go so far as to say Baldwin was fired, he did confirm that “the show is not coming back. He had questions on whether he wanted to continue.”
Ratings for his MNSBC show had dropped by 41 percent amongst adults ages 25 to 54 after just one month on the air. However, Baldwin didn’t seem too concerned about the show’s numbers, stating that “if the show dies, its fate ends up being no different than the vast majority of startup TV programming, and so be it.”
The actor has previously denied using the anti-gay slur and claimed to have said “c*cks*cking fathead,” while also insisting he is not homophobic. “My friends who happen to be gay are baffled by this. They see me as someone who recently fought for marriage equality and has been a supporter of gay rights,” he said in a column for Huffington Post. “But the assertion that I am a bigoted homophobe travels at light speed…without fact or reflection, [it] is accepted, even cheered.”
This isn’t the first time Baldwin has been accused of homophobia, though. He called Daily Mail reporter George Stark a “toxic little queen” in a Twitter rant last June and previously referred to a male Starbucks employee on Twitter as an “uptight queen barista.”