Alec Baldwin, who is embroiled in a gay slur controversy, is defending his anger toward the paparazzi in a new column in the Huffington Post.
The 30 Rock act denies that he called a paparazzo a “f*ggot,” but MSNBC suspended his talk show, Up Late With Alec Baldwin, for two weeks anyway.
This, of course, doesn’t help the show that already has low ratings. “Whether the show comes back at all is at issue right now,” Baldwin wrote. “My producers and I had a very enlightening and well-researched program prepared to air on November 22nd itself, dealing with John Kennedy’s assassination. That show is off the air now. I am deeply apologetic to Ron Fried, who worked extremely hard with me on that show. It’s heartbreaking to me that the show, meant to coincide with the actual anniversary, will not be aired that night.”
Alec says his angry attacks are merely to protect his wife, Hilaria Baldwin, and his daughter, Carmen. “I am concerned for my family,” he said. “In Bloomberg’s New York, forty or fifty paparazzi are allowed to block streets, inconvenience homeowners, workers and shoppers, and make life miserable for my neighbors. Photographers have tripped and fallen on babies in strollers on my block. They have nearly struck my wife in the face with microphones. They provoke me, daily, by getting dangerously close to me with their cameras as weapons, hoping I will react.”
“When I do, the weapon doubles as a device to record my reaction,” Baldwin continued. “And then, apparently, I lose every time. If quitting the television business, the movie business, the theatre, any component of entertainment, is necessary in order to bring safety and peace to my family, then that is an easy decision. This country’s obsession with the private lives of famous people is tragic.”
The controversial actors asked fans to not “allow my problem to be MSNBC’s problem,” and for everyone to “please respect the privacy of my family.”