Richard Johnson at Page Six is reporting that MSNBC has fired Alec Baldwin over anti-gay slurs the actor shouted at an invasive reporter earlier this month.
“The decision has been made. He’s gone,” an insider at the cable channel told me. “The [parent company] Comcast guys have decided. Word is spreading through the building.”
In addition to the slurs, Johnson cites the actor's diva-like behavior - reportedly demanding a woman with cancer be kicked out of her special makeup room so that he could have it - and low ratings as factors in the cancelling of Up Late.
A spokesman for Baldwin quibbled with the term “fired,” but confirmed, “The show is not coming back. He had questions on whether he wanted to continue.”
TruthRevolt led the effort to demand action from MSNBC with a petition, email and phone campaign targeting MSNBC and their advertisers.
Still, while the network's decision to terminate their relationship with Baldwin over his anti-gay rhetoric was appropriate, his comments were made in anger, in what was certainly a stressful situation, and in his private life. That the network has still taken no disciplinary action against - or even commented on - Martin Bashir's scripted, approved, on-air comments that someone should p*ss and sh*t in a woman's mouth appears all the more hypocritical and outlandish today.