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    Alec Baldwin Asks Man to Be His Lover in Wake of Gay Slur Controversy

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    Alec Baldwin is evidently trying to downplay his recent gay slur controversy.

    The actor, who made headlines last week after a video showed him allegedly calling a paparazzo a "c--ksucking f-g" (or "fathead," per Baldwin) proclaimed his love for a man while speaking to an audience at a technology conference sponsored by ServiceSource International Inc. in San Francisco on Wednesday, Nov. 20, ABC News reports.

    "I want you to be my lover, Matt," Baldwin said to a member of his entourage. "I love you, Matt. I love you in that way."

    The quip reportedly generated some laughs from those in attendance.

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    On Friday, Nov. 15, Baldwin insisted via Twitter that he said the word "fathead" when he lashed out at a photographer snapping pictures of his family.

    He then apologized after, according to Baldwin, GLAAD informed him that "c--ksucking" (which he audibly did say) was also an anti-gay epithet.

    Soon after, MSNBC suspended Baldwin's talk show, Up Late With Alec Baldwin, due to the controversial comment.

    Earlier this week, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who costarred with Baldwin in a 2010 video supporting marriage equality, said he was confused with his pal's supposed anti-gay language.

    "Whether or not he said it or not, it [has] brought to attention that that's not to be said," the Modern Family star said in a recent interview with EW Radio. "It's not a good word. That's a no-no word."

    Ferguson added, "I have met him several times, and he's completely lovely, and certainly I know he's a supporter of marriage equality, so I was kind of confused by it all. But I think he's a very talented actor, and I feel for him going through something that seems a little rough right now."

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