Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, November 27, 2013
Former MSNBC talk show host – and progressive actor – Alec Baldwin is understandably upset that his new show “Up Late” was canned less than two months after it first premiered on the network. But he seems to be more upset that he wasn’t the only MSNBC host who got sacked this week, lashing out at the network for not dumping Martin Bashir as well.
“Martin Bashir’s on the air, and he made his comment on the air!” Baldwin told Gothamist Tuesday.
Many Republicans have called for Bashir’s ouster ever since he suggested on Nov. 16 that someone should defecate in former Alaska Governor and 2008 Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s mouth. Bashir eventually apologized for the remark, but it wasn’t enough to stop Palin from canceling a scheduled appearance on NBC’s “TODAY” show last week.
Incidentally, Palin stood up for Baldwin by also calling out the network for its hypocrisy in how it handled the controversy surrounding the two hosts.
While the network is blaming the cancellation partly on poor ratings, the “30 Rock” actor was serving a two-week suspension after screaming homophobic slurs at a New York Post photographer off-camera, calling him a “c—s—ing faggot.” There were also reports that he was difficult to work with and had an impossible list of rider demands that the network couldn’t handle.
I dispute half the comment I made… if I called him ‘c—s—ing maggot’ or a ‘c—s—ing m—erf—ker’… ‘faggot’ is not the word that came out of my mouth. That I know. But you’ve got the fundamentalist wing of gay advocacy—Rich Ferraro and Andrew Sullivan—they’re out there, they’ve got you. Rich Ferraro, this is probably one of his greatest triumphs. They killed my show. And I have to take some responsibility for that myself,” he added.
He was supposed to resume his hosting duties this upcoming Friday.