Alec Baldwin's talk show could be canceled by MSNBC because of his "infamous angry behavior," the New York Post reports
The 55-year-old Hollywood star was suspended for two weeks by the network for shouting an obscene homophobic slur. Although he's apologized for the remark, insiders say he's not going to be welcomed back by the network, despite executives claiming that his show "Up Late with Alec Baldwin" is beating CNN in the ratings.
The Post, citing a so-called "insider" at the network, reported that the actor has difficulty controlling his anger at work and complains that dry air in the NBC headquarters at Rockefeller Center in New York where he films his show hurts his voice.
MSNBC executives, the Post sources add, also are not thrilled that Baldwin has failed to bring leading political and cultural guests on his show, as promised. The source told the newspaper that “MSNBC only signed Alec to keep him out of reach of CNN, but considering his recent boasting about beating Anderson Cooper in the ratings it is highly unlikely" that he will be asked to return.
After his suspension, Baldwin said he was disappointed that his special scheduled for this Friday focusing on the assassination of John F. Kennedy would not be aired. He also admitted he didn't know whether the show would return, saying it's "at issue right now." In his apology, he said, “I did not intend to hurt or offend anyone with my choice of words.”
An MSNBC spokesman, however, hinted that the network brass may be in a forgiving mood.
"Every episode of ‘Up Late’ has beaten CNN and increased MSNBC’s audience in the time slot," the spokesman told the Post. "Alec has been dedicated to developing ‘Up Late’ and spent hours each week in production. He’s got great ideas and has a collaborative relationship with the staff.”
At CNN, Anderson Cooper said on his own program that Baldwin should be held accountable for his use of homophobic slurs and expressed concern that the actor might get off easy because of liberal politics. If his comments had been directed at a racial or ethnic group, the CNN host said Baldwin would be facing a bigger backlash.
"If he had yelled the n-word at a photographer or a Jewish slur, it'd be over," he said, according to Breitbart.com.
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