According to an article published by Page Six, Alec Baldwin and his show “ Up Late With Alec Baldwin,” have been dropped from MSNBC after the actor and former star of “ 30 Rock,” homophobic rant aimed at a photographer for the New York Post.
Baldwin was reportedly on a two-week suspension after yelling at the photographer, calling him a “c-s-ing faggot.” Baldwin’s show was supposed to continue on Friday, but after consideration from MSNBC and Baldwin, the groups decided it was best to cut their losses.
Baldwin’s show premiered on a MSNBC’s Friday 10pm spot in October, and was a success at first. Baldwin started off the show with an interview with Bill De Blasio before his election, which got decent ratings. The show took a down turn though, with his latest interview featuring Debra Winger only raking in 395,000 viewers.
Baldwin reportedly experienced many confrontations with the MSNBC staff, at one time demanding a humidifier because he claimed the air at 30 Rock was “too dry.” It was also reported that Baldwin argued with staff over a make-up room that was occupied by a woman with cancer who was sensitive to hairspray, screaming “ I don’t give a f—k if she has cancer or not, I want that f—king makeup room.” Baldwin denies both these incidents saying “ I didn’t ask for a humidifier I asked for humidification,” and “ the woman using that dressing room, I was told she’s allergic to some chemical, no one ever ever ever said to me that somebody had cancer, and I never said ‘I don’t give a f—k.”
Because of Baldwin’s many confrontations and the low ratings of the show MSNBC decided it was time to say goodbye. Baldwin’s spokesman Matthew Hiltzik along with a rep for MSNBC were quoted saying, “ We are jointly confirming that ‘Up Late’ will not continue on MSNBC.” The MSNBC rep stressed that the decision to end the show was from both parties saying, “ This is a mutual parting and we wish Alec all the best.”
The decision was probably for the best as Baldwin’s rant against the Post photographer got unwanted attention from gay-rights organizations. Baldwin shoved the blame on these orgs saying, “ They killed my show. And I have to take some responsibility for that myself.”
The show lasted only four episodes.