“We are jointly confirming that UP LATE will not continue on MSNBC,” MSNBC and Baldwin rep Matthew Hiltzik say. MSNBC adds, “This is a mutual parting and we wish Alec all the best.”
Page Six was the first to break the news, and the site’s sources said that MSNBC made the decision to fire Baldwin after he made a homophobic outburst at a member of the paparazzi. “The decision has been made. He’s gone,” an insider says. “The [parent company] Comcast guys have decided. Word is spreading through the building.”
A spokesperson for Baldwin wouldn’t confirm to Page Six that he was fired, but did say that “Up Late” is done for good. “The show is not coming back. He had questions on whether he wanted to continue,” the spokesperson says.
Following the slur hurled at a photographer, Baldwin released a statement to apologize for his actions.
“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,” he writes, adding, “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.”