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Alec Baldwin's MSNBC talk show suspended for 2 episodes

November 16, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
Alec Baldwin's new weekly MSNBC talk show has been suspended for two episodes after the actor was videotaped using an anti-gay slur against a photographer on a New York street.

The cable channel didn't offer a reason for pulling "Up Late with Alec Baldwin" from its schedule this week and next, but the decision came the day after the Thursday run-in.

Baldwin reportedly lost his cool when a reporter for a New York TV channel asked about his stalker case and, according to Variety.com, Baldwin called him "dumb."

In a statement on MSNBC's website, the "30 Rock" actor wrote that he "did not intend to hurt or offend anyone with my choice of words, but clearly I have - and for that I am deeply sorry." Baldwin said his actions came as he tried to protect his family - presumably from the photographer - but were unacceptable and undermine "hard-fought rights that I vigorously support."

Baldwin's representative said in an email Friday night that the actor would decline to comment.

The incident came during the week a Canadian actress was convicted of stalking Baldwin. Genevieve Sabourin was sentenced to six months in jail. She had already been facing 30 days in jail for repeatedly disrupting court proceedings.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.