Alec Baldwin has Joan Rivers in his corner!
Hours after news broke that MSNBC had canceled Baldwin's short-lived talk show, Up Late, in light of the controversy surrounding his latest alleged use of a homophobic slur, Rivers defended the actor's comments to TMZ.com.
Alec Baldwin's MSNBC show officially over
Alec Baldwin and MSNBC have agreed to part ways, canceling his short-lived talk show Up Late in light of the controversy surrounding Baldwin's latest alleged use of a homophobic slur.
MSNBC and Matthew Hiltzik, a rep for Baldwin, released a joint statement reading: "We are jointly confirming that Up Late will not continue on MSNBC."
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After MSNBC suspended Alec Baldwin's talk show Up Late for two weeks in the wake of the actor's apparent use of an anti-gay slur, the actor has now said the talk show might never return.
"Whether the show comes back at all is at issue right now," Baldwin wrote onThe Huffington Post. "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."
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Baldwin also took the opportunity to address the accusations that he recently directed a homophobic epithet at a photographer. "What word is said right after the other choice word I use is unclear. But I can assure you, with complete confidence, that a direct homophobic slur (or indirect one for that matter) is not spoken ... My friends who happen to be gay are baffled by this. They see me as one who has recently fought for marriage equality and has been a supporter of gay rights for many years. Now, the charge of being a 'homophobic bigot,' to quote one crusader in the gay community, is affixed."
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