MSNBC said it was a "mutual parting and we wish Alec all the best."
"Up Late with Alec Baldwin" had aired only five episodes. The first
three attracted a little more than a half million viewers, but the
last two dipped under 400,000 viewers.
The Emmy-winning former star of "30 Rock" had lost his cool in the
New York City street encounter. He later tweeted that he did not
realize the profane phrase he used was offensive to gays, but then
He later said that the incident took place as he tried to protect
MSNBC suspended Baldwin for two weeks, a punishment that was due to
end this Friday.
The encounter came during the same week a Canadian actress was
convicted in New York of stalking Baldwin with calls, emails and
visits over a two-year period. Genevieve Sabourin was sentenced to
six months in jail in addition to a month she's already serving for
her courtroom outbursts.
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On the same day Baldwin was suspended, another MSNBC
personality, Martin Bashir, made a graphic suggestion for how Sarah
Palin should be punished for comments on slavery. Bashir apologized
and MSNBC said it is handling the problems internally.
The end of Baldwin's show came on the same day CBS ordered "60
Minutes" correspondent Lara Logan and her producer to take a leave
of absence following a critical internal review of their handling of
a report about the fatal attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in
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