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Alec Baldwin -- who has given up, hates New York, is fed up with TV, will never watch MSNBC again, certainly never watch Anderson Cooper again, and...what am I missing? -- has one last role to play, on "Law & Order: SVU," as a...
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Oh right. Alec hates them too.
Details on the March 19 must-watch episode (must-watch to see if Alec becomes a victim) as follows (and not to bury the other lead, Katie Couric has a cameo too):
"Jimmy MacArthur, a controversial New York newspaper columnist who questions the SVU squad’s motives during the investigation of a potential hate crime/rape case. The episode also marks the directorial debut of “SVU” star Mariska Hargitay, whose character, Sergeant Olivia Benson, goes head to head with MacArthur. Katie Couric also makes a cameo appearance, playing herself as a talk show host who quizzes MacArthur about the headline grabbing case.
Here's "SVU" boss Warren Leight on his unusual guest star: “New York City has had a long history of high profile and controversial newspaper columnists, whose influence extends beyond the newsroom. In our story, ‘Jimmy Mac’s’ reporting interferes with the investigation, which has a ripple effect when the case goes to trial. We couldn’t ask for a better actor for Mariska [Hargitay] to work with in her directorial debut. Their chemistry on screen is palpable.”
Alec Baldwin, who was suspended Nov. 15 by MSNBC for allegedly using anti-gay slurs on a paparazzo, has agreed to a "mutual parting" with the network.
"We are jointly confirming that 'Up Late' will not continue on MSNBC," according to a brief statement from Baldwin's spokesman. MSNBC separately called the split "a mutual parting and we wish Alec all the best."
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The odds of Alec Baldwin returning to MSNBC after his two-week suspension are now apparently as good as the Jets winning Super Bowl XLVIII. (Hey! Anything is possible. Sure, Sunday's loss hurt and the Jets do sometimes seem to take every other week off, but the Bills are good this season, and . . . wait a minute, I'm off topic here. Sorry.)
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As expected, MSNBC suspended Alec Baldwin for his most recent outburst captured by camera, posted by TMZ, and showing the star using homophobic profanities. Baldwin has issued an apology.
MSNBC, which only recently made him host of a Friday night talk show, confirmed that Baldwin had in fact been suspended, while Baldwin posted this, to the media and to MSNBC colleagues...
I would like to address the comments I made this past week. 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. Behavior like this undermines hard-fought rights that I vigorously support. I understand “Up Late” will be taken off the schedule for tonight and next week. I want to apologize to my loyal fans and to my colleagues at msnbc – both for my actions and for distracting from their good work. Again, please accept my apology.
In a rare if hardly unprecedented case of one network anchor blasting another, Anderson Cooper once again has gone after Alec Baldwin for apparently using an anti-gay slur during a tirade against a paparazzo that was posted Thursday night on TMZ.
"Wow, Alec Baldwin shows his true colors yet again. How is he going to lie and excuse his anti-gay slurs this time?"
Cooper, who has been in the Philippines covering the aftermath of Haiyan for CNN, posted the tweet at 4:34 a.m.
If you're just catching up to this, Baldwin appeared to use a slur in the video -- he insists it was misinterpreted. This is the second such incident -- Baldwin also steam-rolled a reporter with a British tabloid after the funeral of James Gandolfini, also using an anti-gay slur. He apologized. (And Cooper, who is gay, sharply criticized him then, too.)
And yes, this is very serious. Baldwin now has his own MSNBC talk show, which means he's not merely a "public figure" but ostensibly a news one as well, working for one of the nation's major news organizations. Use of homophobic slurs isn't merely boorish or offensive or cruel or wanton -- but intolerable at news organizations.
But he does insist he was misquoted. We'll see if anybody is buying it.