8:50am PT by Erik Hayden
Alec Baldwin: My MSNBC Show Might Not Return
The morning after MSNBC announced a two-week suspension of Alec Baldwin's late-night show, the actor has expressed uncertainty if the program will return at all.
"Whether the show comes back at all is at issue right now," the 30 Rock star wrote on his Huffington Post blog, adding: "But if the show dies, its fate ends up being no different than the vast majority of startup TV programming, and so be it. We do take a small amount of pride in knowing that we beat CNN in the ratings each of our nights. (I forget who they had on at that time.)"
Baldwin had been under fire for hurling gay slurs at a photographer during a confrontation earlier in the week. The incident was caught on camera and widely circulated online.
MSNBC had stated that Up Late With Alec Baldwin, which airs Fridays during the 10 p.m. hour, would return on Nov. 29.
Actress Ellen Barkin had been scheduled for the Nov. 15 episode. In Baldwin's Saturday note, he stated that Up Late had been planning to air a report on the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination on Nov. 22.
"Don't allow my problem to be MSNBC's problem," Baldwin entreated in the blog post. "They are good people who work hard at a job, just like many of you."
On Friday, GLAAD vp communications Rich Ferraro wrote in a statement: "Alec Baldwin still needs to take real action. MSNBC has sent a message that anti-gay slurs carry consequences, and that's an important standard to uphold at a time when LGBT people continue to face disproportionate levels of bullying and violence just because of who they are."