MSNBC last night suspended Alec Baldwin, host of its Friday night talk program "Up Late With Alec Baldwin," after he was taped using homophobic profanities and which were subsequently posted on TMZ.
The network declined to issue a statement other than confirming the program had been pulled for two weeks.
Meanwhile, Baldwin issued a statement and apology, which read in part: "I did not intend to hurt or offend anyone with my choice of words, but clearly I have -- and for that I am deeply sorry. Words are important. I understand that, and will choose mine with great care going forward. What I said and did this week, as I was trying to protect my family, was offensive and unacceptable."
Yesterday morning, a video at TMZ.com showed Baldwin pushing aside a paparazzo and smacking a camera from his hand. Baldwin and the two exchanged words several times, with mutual accusations of assault, while Baldwin later turned and uttered several profanities. He later denied one of them was homophobic, saying that he had called the photographer a "fathead."
Outside his Greenwich Village apartment building yesterday morning, the former "30 Rock" star threatened Robert Moses, a reporter for the local Fox station WNYW/5, the station reported on air and on its website.