Gay Issues

Alec Baldwin Makes Vague Apology, Doesn't Mention Gay Slur, His MSNBC Show is Suspended

| by Michael Allen

Alec Baldwin issued a vague apology today for the "choice of words" that he used yesterday during a wild confrontation with a photographer.

Baldwin, his wife and child were about to leave their New York City apartment when the actor chased after a photographer who was taking pictures of his family from outside their car (video below).

According to TMZ, Baldwin threatened the photographer and allegedly called him a "c-------- f-g."

Yesterday, Baldwin threatened to sue TMZ and denied using the gay slur "f--" in a tweet on Twitter (which has since been deleted):

Acoustic analysis proves the word is fathead. Fathead ... Anti-gay slurs are wrong. They not only offend, but threaten hard fought tolerance of LGBT rights.

Newsday reports that MSNBC has suspended Baldwin's show "Up Late With Alec" for two weeks.

Baldwin released a statement today on that did not admit to using any gay slurs, but rather the wrong "words."

Baldwin wrote:

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

Sources: Newsday,, TMZ