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Friday, December 8, 2023

Alec Baldwin blames his MSNBC firing on ‘fundamentalists’

Fired MSNBC Talk Show Host Alec Baldwin. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)
Fired MSNBC Talk Show Host Alec Baldwin. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

Incendiary actor/activist Alec Baldwin lost his short-lived MSNBC talk show this week over his videotaped rant where he called a photographer a “fag” as part of an obscene outburst.

The announcement came Tuesday in statements from both MSNBC and Baldwin’s publicist but Baldwin, never known for keeping his mouth shut, is firing back at his former employer and saying his dismissal came because the network caved because of pressure from the “fundamentalist wing of gay advocacy.

“You’ve got the fundamentalist wing of gay advocacy — Rich Ferraro and Andrew Sullivan — they’re out there,” Baldwin said in an interview with Gothamist.

Ferraro is spokesman for the gay advocacy group GLADD and Sullivan is a conservative gay blogger.  Both have accused Baldwin of anti-gay remarks when a videotape of a confrontation between the actor and a photographer caught Baldwin calling the photographer a “c—sucking fag.”

“Rich Ferraro, this is probably one of his greatest triumphs.  They killed my show,” Baldwin said.

Baldwin’s publicist, Matthew Hiltzik, said in a statement that “we are confirming that ‘Up Late’ will not continue on MSNBC.”

Said MSNBC:  “This is a mutual parting and we wish Alec all the best.”

Baldwin, however, is not playing the gracious parting game.

His response:

I dispute half the comment I made… if I called him ‘c—sucking maggot’ or a ‘c—sucking mother—-er’… ‘faggot’ is not the word that came out of my mouth. That I know. But you’ve got the fundamentalist wing of gay advocacy—Rich Ferraro and Andrew Sullivan—they’re out there, they’ve got you. Rich Ferraro, this is probably one of his greatest triumphs. They killed my show. And I have to take some responsibility for that myself.

If I could get a check tomorrow and never work in this business again, I could just go take a break, if I could do something else, with my family, I would do it tomorrow. Or find a way to dismiss this whole public aspect of this work. Because public life now, it is just, it is horrible. It is horrible. It’s so awful.

Baldwin has a history of confrontations with photographers that he claims stalk him and his female companions.  He is also known for his temper and violent outbursts.


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