Wednesday 21 March 2018

Alec Baldwin's TV show cancelled after homophobic comment

The show's audience fell 40pc from 654,000 in mid-October to 395,000 in mid-November

MSNBC declined further comment. Baldwin's representative said in an email Friday night that the actor would decline to comment.

Emmy-award winning actor Alec Baldwin's late-night talk show on US cable TV news network MSNBC has been cancelled.

The talk show, "Up Late with Alec Baldwin," was suspended earlier this month after the actor apologised for comments he made to a New York photographer that a gay rights group described as homophobic.

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

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

The show's viewership fell 40pc from the 654,000 who watched its premier in mid-October to 395,000 when it was suspended in mid-November, according to Nielsen ratings compiled by Horizon Media.

In a video posted on celebrity website, Baldwin is shown confronting the photographer on a New York street and calls him a homophobic slur that drew the ire of gay rights group GLAAD, which has previously defended the actor when he was accused of homophobic language.

Baldwin has had many confrontations with photographers and reporters.

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