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    Alec Baldwin's MSNBC Show Canceled After Anti-Gay Slur Scandal

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    Alec Baldwin's MSNBC talk show has officially been shut down.

    The news was announced in a joint statement by the network and the actor's rep confirming that the program will no longer continue after production was suspended nearly two weeks ago.

    Production for Up Late was originally halted shortly after the release of a video in which he directed an anti-gay slur at a paparazzo who was snapping pictures of Baldwin's family.

    However, in a column for the Huffington Post, the 30 Rock star shot back at reports that he used a particular homophobic word.

    "I never used the word f-ggot in the tape recording being offered as evidence against me," he wrote. 

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    "What word is said right after the other choice word I use is unclear. But I can assure you, with complete confidence, that a direct homophobic slur (or indirect one for that matter) is not spoken."

    On Nov. 15, Baldwin did address that "other choice word" in a tweet, and apologized. "Rich Ferraro from @glaad informs me that c'sucker is an anti-gay epithet," he tweeted. "In which case I apologize and will retire it from my vocabulary."

    He also addressed his show's suspension and admitted that he wasn't certain that the program would come back on air at all.

    "If the show dies, its fate ends up being no different than the vast majority of start-up TV programming, and so be it."

    Baldwin also released a statement on MSNBC.com shortly after the incident.

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    "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."

    He added, "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."

    (E! Online is a part of the NBCUniversal family.)

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