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MSNBC Suspends Alec Baldwin's Show for 2 Episodes Over Offensive Outburst

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He later tweeted an apology, saying he was unaware the term was offensive to gays.

Actor Alec Baldwin leaves criminal court in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. Baldwin testified Tuesday that he never had a sexual or romantic relationship with Canadian actress Genevieve Sabourin, who accused of stalking him. He said that after they met she began leaving dozens of voice mails for him a night and eventually started threatening to show up at his homes. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) AP Photo/Seth Wenig

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- MSNBC says it has suspended Alec Baldwin's new weekly talk show for two episodes.

The cable channel didn't specify why, and in a statement posted on MSNBC's website Baldwin said he is "deeply sorry" for language he used but didn't offer details.

Actor Alec Baldwin leaves criminal court in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. Baldwin testified Tuesday that he never had a sexual or romantic relationship with Canadian actress Genevieve Sabourin, who accused of stalking him. He said that after they met she began leaving dozens of voice mails for him a night and eventually started threatening to show up at his homes. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

But MSNBC's action followed an encounter Baldwin had with a photographer Thursday in New York in which the actor was heard on videotape using an anti-gay insult. He later tweeted an apology, saying he was unaware the term was offensive to gays.

MSNBC declined further comment. Baldwin's representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The show, "Up Late with Alec Baldwin," airs on Fridays and will be off this week and next under the suspension, MSNBC said.

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