Alec Baldwin Addresses Racism Allegations on 'Late Show' (Video)
The actor criticizes the New York Post for reporting he used a racial epithet not “heard since Rod Steiger was in ‘The Heat of the Night.’"
Alec Baldwin says “there was no evidence” to support allegations he launched a tirade of racially-charged insults during a confrontation with a photographer earlier this month.
In an appearance on The Late Show Monday, the actor told David letterman “there was no evidence … that I ever said something racial. I thought it was interesting, by the way, that they assigned a word to me I haven’t heard since Rod Steiger was in ‘In the Heat of the Night.' This is a word that is usually confined to a certain part of the South in the early '60s."
The 30 Rock star, now in rehearsals on Broadway for his role in the upcoming revival of the play Orphans, made headlines recently for a spat with a Post photographer who was taking pictures of Baldwin. The tabloid reported that the actor called the lensman, who is black, a "coon," "crackhead" and "drug dealer." After filing a police report, in which he alleged the man "pushed him into him," Baldwin issued a denial of the alleged rant, saying: "The claim of racist remarks is one of the most outrageous things I’ve heard in my life."
“I would like to begin now an official campaign to get the New York Post nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for journalism," he cracked on Letterman, conceding: "I am capable of saying things that are purposefully provoking and insulting. They’re dying to get you doing something on film or saying something."
Watch the full interview below.