On Tuesday, MSNBC officially cancelled Alec Baldwin’s interview program after the host used anti-gay slurs to insult a photographer on the streets of New York City. Speaking exclusively with The Gothamist on Tuesday, Baldwin went off on the “fundamentalist wing of gay advocacy,” including a number of prominent media personalities, who lobbied for his firing behind the scenes and successfully got him fired.
“Martin Bashir‘s on the air, and he made his comment on the air!” Baldwin told The Gothamist.
“I dispute half the comment I made,” Baldwin continued. “If I called him ‘cocksucking maggot’ or a ‘cocksucking motherfucker’… ‘faggot’ is not the word that came out of my mouth. That I know.”
“But you’ve got the fundamentalist wing of gay advocacy — [Vice President of Communications for GLAAD] Rich Ferraro and Andrew Sullivan — they’re out there, they’ve got you,” he added. “Rich Ferraro, this is probably one of his greatest triumphs.”
“They killed my show,” the host concluded, sounding a note of penitence. “And I have to take some responsibility for that myself.”