Making Keith Olbermann look like Cheers, the Friday-night show Up Late With Alec Baldwin, which debuted in October and aired for a total of five episodes, is over. “The decision has been made. He’s gone,” a source told Richard Johnson of the New York Post. “The [parent company] Comcast guys have decided. Word is spreading through the building.” Baldwin was suspended by the network earlier this month after his latest, ambiguous anti-gay comments to a photographer, whom he called a “cocksucking fag,” or in his telling, “fathead.” Baldwin responded to his forced hiatus by claiming he wasn’t really sure if he wanted to keep the show anyway.
A spokesperson for Baldwin told the Post that “fired” wasn’t technically accurate but confirmed, “The show is not coming back. He had questions on whether he wanted to continue.”
Either way, MSNBC sources are already spitting on Up Late’s grave, complaining anonymously that Baldwin was — shocker — a diva on set. When he reportedly demanded a dressing room occupied by a woman with cancer, Baldwin allegedly said, “I don’t give a fuck if she has cancer or not, I want that fucking makeup room.” Alec Baldwin, really? Frankly, we find such an outburst from a distinguished gentleman a little hard to believe.
Update: Common ground has been located: