According to a report in today’s Page Six, MSNBC has fired Up Late host Alec Baldwin after a two-week suspension for his profanity-laced rant against a paparazzo.
“The decision has been made. He’s gone,” an MSNBC insider alleged to Page Six reporter Richard Johnson. “[NBC’s parent company] Comcast guys have decided. Word is spreading through the building.”
The source also told the Post that Baldwin’s “diva-like” behavior contributed to his dismissal. According to the paper, “Baldwin alienated staffers when he demanded a separate makeup room being used by a woman with cancer who is sensitive to hairspray.” When told he could not have that room, he allegedly shouted: “I don’t give a f - - k if she has cancer or not, I want that f - - king makeup room.”
MSNBC has yet to offer comment on the matter. In fact, they never officially commented on Baldwin’s initial suspension. As such, we are working to confirm this story. We will update if and when we hear anything from the network.
UPDATE: Contrary to the Page Six rumor, Variety reports that Baldwin hasn’t been fired but that his show ended as part of a “mutual” split:
Alec Baldwin and MSNBC have agreed to part ways on his short-lived interview show following the controversy the erupted over the actor’s use of an anti-gay slur in an encounter with a photographer.
Sources close to the situation insist that Baldwin was not been fired from the NBCU news cabler, but that the sides “mutually” agreed to end the show in light of the dust-up.
UPDATE II: Baldwin’s rep Matthew Hiltzik and MSNBC jointly confirmed the news via statement: “We are jointly confirming that UP LATE will not continue on MSNBC.”
MSNBC adds: “This is a mutual parting and we wish Alec all the best.”
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