The actor was allegedly caught on video yesterday shouting a homophobic obscenity at a photographer in a New York street
Hollywood star Alec Baldwin has apologised for making “homophobic” comments and revealed his talk show has been taken off air.
The actor was allegedly caught on video yesterday shouting a homophobic obscenity at a photographer in a New York street.
The alleged incident took place after a women was jailed earlier this week for stalking and harassing him and his wife, CBS News reports.
In a statement published on the MSNBC website, Baldwin said he “did not intend to hurt or offend anyone with my choice of words but clearly I have – and for that I am deeply sorry.”
“What I said and did this week, as I was trying to protect my family, was offensive and unacceptable.”
The actor said behaviour like his “undermines hard-fought rights that I vigorously support” and said he understood that his show, Up Late with Alec Baldwin will be taken off the schedule that night and next week.
“I want to apologize to my loyal fans and to my colleagues at msnbc – both for my actions and for distracting from their good work,” he said.
Sky News quotes Rich Ferraro, of Gay rights group GLAAD, saying: “Mr Baldwin can’t lend his support for equality on paper, while degrading gay people in practice.
“It’s clearly time he listens to the calls from so many LGBT people and allies to end this pattern of anti-gay slurs.”