Alec Baldwin: “Why Did MSNBC Fire ME But Keep Martin Bashir?”

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Fatimah Mazhar
It’s official. Alec Baldwin's late-night talk show "Up Late with Alec Baldwin" on MSNBC has been canceled.

It’s official. Alec Baldwin's late-night talk show "Up Late with Alec Baldwin" on MSNBC has been canceled.

In an exclusive interview with The Gothamist, Baldwin spoke about his verbal assault on a New York photographer, which a gay rights group described as homophobic slurs. Baldwin implied it was unfair for the network to cancel his show. He said he was fired for a crime he didn’t commit while Martin Bashir, the news anchor who made headlines a week ago for a scathing attack on Sarah Palin, was not terminated.

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Martin Bashir's on the air, and he made his comment on the air! I dispute half the comment I made,” Baldwin stated.

“‘Fa**ot' 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.”

On November 14, celebrity gossip website TMZ.com posted a video showing Baldwin confronting a photographer filming him in a New York street and allegedly calling him a homophobic slur that drew the ire of gay rights group “Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation” (GLAAD).

“Up Late with Alec Baldwin” was suspended the following day and almost a week later MSNBC announced the cancellation of the show in an official statement.

"We are jointly confirming that 'Up Late' will not continue on MSNBC," the network and Baldwin's representative Matthew Hiltzik stated in a joint statement.

"This is a mutual parting and we wish Alec all the best," MSNBC added.

You can watch the TMZ.com footage in the video below:

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