Confirmed: Alec Baldwin Not Returning to MSNBC

"Up Late with Alec Baldwin" has been canceled.
"Up Late with Alec Baldwin" is canceled. Photo credit: Mary Ellen Matthews

Amagansett’s Alec Baldwin and MSNBC have parted ways, putting an end to his short-lived late night talk show Up Late with Alec Baldwin.

The cable news network and Baldwin’s camp confirmed Tuesday that the show was over. “This is a mutual parting and we wish Alec all the best,” MSNBC states.

The Friday show had just five episodes under its belt when MSNBC put Baldwin in a two-week suspension over Baldwin allegedly lobbing homophobic slurs at a paparazzo who was following him and his family. Following the incident, Baldwin wrote an op-ed for The Huffington Post in which he denied using a homophobic slur when he told off the paparazzo. He also cast doubt on whether the show would come back.

Baldwin also put out a statement November 15 through MSNBC, saying, in part, “I did not intend to hurt or offend anyone with my choice of words, but clearly I have – and for that I am deeply sorry. Words are important. I understand that, and will choose mine with great care going forward. What I said and did this week, as I was trying to protect my family, was offensive and unacceptable. Behavior like this undermines hard-fought rights that I vigorously support.”

Baldwin started his show with guest Bill de Blasio, who was on his way to being elected mayor of New York City. Baldwin promoted Up Late with a cameo on Saturday Night Live.

In addition to being a part-time resident of the Hamptons, Baldwin is also an active member of the community. He recently donated $1 million to the East Hampton Library’s children’s wing project.

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