Alec Baldwin’s MSNBC talk show Up Late With Alec Baldwin has been suspended for two weeks after the actor was caught using an anti-gay slur while yelling at a paparazzo on Nov. 14.

In a video of the well-known actor, Baldwin is clearly seen running after a paparazzo who apparently got too close to his wife, Hilaria Baldwin, and their baby daughter, Carmen. On his way back to his car, Baldwin, still angry, yells “c—k s—king f—g,” according to TMZ, which posted the video.

Baldwin immediately issued apologies on Twitter, though those tweets have since been deleted, and insisted that TMZ got it wrong. Baldwin claims that he did not say “f—-g,” but “fathead” and threatened to sue TMZ if they continue propagating their version of the story.

“Accoustic analysis proves the word is fathead. Fathead. Anti-gay slurs are wrong. They not only offend, but threaten hard fought tolerance of LBGT rights. But right wing liars want those words to come out of liberal mouths. They need them too. One uintended consequence of this type of thing is that I get to block so much of that right wing trash that vents here,” Baldwin originally tweeted.

Once the video appeared on the Internet and went viral; however, MSNBC decided to suspend Baldwin’s show for two weeks, though Baldwin says that his show could be over for good.

After Baldwin got the news that his show had officially been suspended in light of his most recent altercation with the paparazzi, he issued a statement of apology on MSNBC.com on Friday.

With his initial apologies dismissed by the media and the public, Baldwin took to The Huffington Post on Saturday and published on Op-Ed to, once again, defend himself against allegations that he is homophobic.

Baldwin Apologizes

“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,” Baldwin writes.

Baldwin is referring to a tweet from Dan Savage, in which he stated, “Alec Baldwin is a homophobic bigot.”

Baldwin also commented on the fate of his new political talk show and apologized to his producers and co-workers, admitting, “Whether the show comes back at all is at issue right now.”

The editorial also served as a place for Baldwin to express his distaste for the paparazzi and the celebrity-obsessed culture.

“They [photographers] provoke me, daily, by getting dangerously close to me with their cameras as weapons, hoping I will react. When I do, the weapon doubles as a device to record my reaction. And then, apparently, I lose every time,” Baldwin laments.

Finally, the actor makes two requests: that MSNBC not be held responsible for his actions and that his wife and children not be attacked in the media. Baldwin’s eldest daughter, model Ireland Baldwin, took to Twitter to defend her father, saying that he has come a long way and continues to work on his famous anger issues.

Baldwin’s wife, Hilaria, has also defended him on Twitter, explaining how she felt threatened by the paparazzo in the video.

Hilaria also shared a photo of baby Carmen on Instagram to remind the public who Baldwin was ‘protecting’ at the time of this most recent incident.

This is not the first time Baldwin has landed himself in hot water after using anti-gay slurs to attack paparazzi. In June, Baldwin went on a Twitter rant in which he called a reporter a “toxic little queen." When he came under fire for his language, Baldwin apologized and said he was unaware that ‘queen’ was an offensive term to the LGBT community. Incidently, Baldwin used a similar excuse recently, saying that he did not know ‘c—k s–ker’ was an anti-gay slur.

“Rich Ferraro from @glaad informs me that c’s–ker is an anti-gay epithet. In which case I apologize and will retire it from my vocabulary,” Baldwin tweeted on Friday.

Rich Ferraro, GLAAD spokesperson, was not impressed by Baldwin’s apology and released this statement: “Mr. Baldwin can’t lend his support for equality on paper, while degrading gay people in practice. It’s clearly time he listens to the calls from so many LGBT people and allies to end this pattern of anti-gay slurs.”

Anderson Cooper Slam Baldwin

CNN’s Anderson Cooper, whose show AC360 Later happens to be Baldwin’s direct competition in the ratings Friday nights at 10 p.m., was also not impressed by Baldwin’s excuses and apologies.

Should Up Late With Alec Baldwin return to MSNBC programming, new episodes will resume airing Friday Nov. 29 at 10 p.m.

Olivia Truffaut-Wong

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