Gay Issues

Alec Baldwin Blames Gay Rights Advocates For Cancellation Of His Show

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Alec Baldwin says his MSNBC show was cancelled because of “fundamentalist” gay advocates like GLAAD spokesman Rich Ferraro.

Baldwin’s weekly show “Up Late” was first suspended and then cancelled after he called a photographer a “c**ksucking fag” outside of his New York City home.

In an interview with Gothamist Baldwin said he had to accept some responsibility, but that gay advocates ultimately led to the network’s decision to cancel the show.

Baldwin also insists that he never used the anti-gay term, suggesting he may have said “maggot” or “motherf**ker.”

"I dispute half the comment I made... 'faggot' is not the word that came out of my mouth. That I know,” Baldwin said. “But you've got the fundamentalist wing of gay advocacy—Rich Ferraro and Andrew Sullivan—they're out there, they've got you. Rich Ferraro, this is probably one of his greatest triumphs. They killed my show. And I have to take some responsibility for that myself."

Ferraro is the VP of communications for GLADD, formerly the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, which was founded in 1985.

Sullivan is a popular British blogger who is openly gay and a practicing Roman Catholic.

Baldwin mentioned comments from fellow MSNBC host Martin Bashir, who kept his job after apologizing for suggesting that someone defecate in Sarah Palin’s mouth.

"Martin Bashir's on the air, and he made his comment on the air!” Baldwin said.

Sources: New York Magazine, The Guardian