Alec Baldwin, Best Actor Noms

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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.

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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