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Alec Baldwin's 'Up Late' show done at MSNBC
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."
The day after MSNBC suspended him for two weeks, derailing a planned JFK-related edition of "Up Late with Alec Baldwin," he posted a letter on Huffington Post, where he's a regular contributor, saying in part, "whether the show comes back at all is at issue right now." And he added: "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."
"Up Late," which aired Friday nights, was a modest performer over its short run, but did beat CNN in total viewers on occasion.
Baldwin has vigorously disputed using a homophobic slur on a New York street near his home, although footage later posted on TMZ that captured his outburst seemed to indicate otherwise. He wrote, "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."