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Alec Baldwin, MSNBC announce ‘mutual parting’ following actor’s anti-gay slur

Tuesday, November 26, 2013
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NEW YORK — MSNBC and Alec Baldwin say they are ending the actor’s talk show, which was suspended for two weeks after the actor used an anti-gay slur against a photographer in a New York City street.

MSNBC said it was a “mutual parting and we wish Alec all the best.”

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Alec Baldwin

Baldwin’s Friday night talk show, “Up Late with Alec Baldwin,” was only a few episodes old before he was videotaped using the epithet.

TMZ posted a video of the incident where Baldwin allegedly called the photographer a “cocksucking fag.”

Baldwin later insisted on Twitter that he actually called the photographer a “fathead.”

But in a statement on MSNBC’s website, Baldwin wrote that he “did not intend to hurt or offend anyone with my choice of words, but clearly I have — and for that I am deeply sorry.”

Baldwin later tweeted that he was unaware the term he used was offensive to gays.

Earlier this year, Baldwin was criticized for a series of gay slur-like tweets against a Daily Mail reporter who he called “toxic little queen.” He later apologized and said the attack had “nothing to do with issues of anyone’s sexual orientation.”

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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