Remember that moment that Alec Baldwin uttered the words c****s*****g ******t to a paparazzi caught on camera? Well, it hasn’t gone away. It still haunts the actor and probably caused him is weekly show. His weekly show will not be renewed by NBC.
Here’s the piece from Fox:
As for Baldwin, MSNBC’s two-week suspension has to be contrasted with the failure to discipline Martin Bashir, who made those disgusting defecation comments about Sarah Palin. Baldwin spoke in anger in his private life, while Bashir’s attack was scripted and read off a network teleprompter.
But the move so soured relations between the actor and MSNBC that the network wound up canceling his new weekly show.
Baldwin, who has a history of clashing with the paparazzi, had a previous incident in which he shouted an anti-gay slur. So when TMZ reported that he had done so again with a photographer outside his Manhattan apartment, it certainly seemed credible—especially when MSNBC posted Baldwin’s apology.
He was not exactly in an apologetic mood when he spoke to the Gothamist:
Showing a video in which I call someone a ‘c***ing something’… you can’t really tell what I’m saying, and we live in a world in which the phrase ‘TMZ’s enhanced audio’ exists. ‘TMZ’s enhanced audio.’ And then with The [New York] Post… there’s nothing you can do when you get thrown in this washing machine, nothing. You know? Nothing. All you end up doing is just defending yourself all day long.”
Then he turned to his ex-colleague:
“Martin Bashir’s on the air, and he made his comment on the air! I dispute half the comment I made… if I called him ‘c***ing maggot’ or a ‘c***ing mother***’… ‘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.”
(Ferraro works for GLAAD and Sullivan is the country’s most prominent gay blogger.)
For Baldwin to lash out like that is, shall we say, not helpful. But at least he finally got around to taking “some responsibility” for what happened.
What do you think?