MSNBC announced Friday that it was suspending Alec Baldwin's weekly show "Up Late" following an altercation he had with a paparazzo. Baldwin addressed the matter in a column at the Huffington Post on Saturday.
Whether the show comes back at all is at issue right now. My producers and I had a very enlightening and well-researched program prepared to air on November 22nd itself, dealing with John Kennedy's assassination. That show is off the air now. I am deeply apologetic to Ron Fried, who worked extremely hard with me on that show. It's heartbreaking to me that the show, meant to coincide with the actual anniversary, will not be aired that night. The show is no doubt a work in progress and one that I believe featured some interesting guests and disseminated a good deal of interesting information. But if the show dies, its fate ends up being no different than the vast majority of start-up TV programming, and so be it. We do take a small amount of pride in knowing that we beat CNN in the ratings each of our nights. (I forget who they had on at that time.)
Baldwin was widely criticized, most notably by CNN's Anderson Cooper and political blogger Andrew Sullivan, for the altercation which was caught on video. In the video, Baldwin can be heard calling the paparazzo a "c***sucking fag." Baldwin, however, denies that he used the gay slur.