Belfast Telegraph

Baldwin 'fired'

Alec Baldwin will reportedly not be returning to his MSNBC talk show following his brush with a reporter and several paparazzi this month.

The actor launched current events and culture programme Up Late with Alec Baldwin with the network last month.

Variety reported network bosses suspended the show for two weeks after Alec was seen aggressively confronting a reporter who was asking him about his recent legal victory against convicted stalker Genevieve Sabourin.

According to PageSix, executives have now pulled the plug.

"The decision has been made. He's gone," a purported insider at the network said. "The [parent company] Comcast guys have decided. Word is spreading through the building."

MSNBC has yet to issue a statement regarding the report.

Alec was caught on camera earlier this month confronting a reporter from FOX-owned station WNYW.

"If you're still here when my wife and kid come out, you're going to have a big problem, you know that?" Alec asked, adding, "You are as dumb as you look. You are with Fox, right?"

He was also accused of hurling a homophobic slur at a photographer waiting outside his Manhattan apartment, but has strenuously denied such claims.

Alec subsequently released a statement on the MSNBC website, in which he apologised for undermining his colleagues.

"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," he wrote.

"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."

Alec has been under intense media scrutiny in recent weeks during the trial of Genevieve Sabourin, who was found guilty this month of five counts of stalking, including one against Alec's wife, Hilaria Thomas.

The actress, who claimed she had a romantic relationship with the star, was sentenced to 180 days in jail.

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