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Baldwin Apologizes for Homophobic Remarks, Up Late with Alec Baldwin Off Air for Two Weeks

Up Late with Alec Baldwin is being pulled from MSNBC’s lineup for the next two weeks following homophobic remarks made by the new MSNBC host. Baldwin has only been hosting the show for a month, and it’s already been mired in controversy after concerns from the outset that Baldwin’s place at the network would be uncomfortable.

MSNBC came under intense scrutiny for its silence on the matter, including from blogger Andrew Sullivan and openly gay CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.

The announcement did not come from the network, but from Baldwin himself, in a statement posted on msnbc.com.

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.

[photo via screengrab]

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