Alec Baldwin is criticizing his now former employer MSNBC for ending his show while keeping Martin Bashir on air.
“Martin Bashir’s on the air, and he made his comment on the air!” Baldwin told Gothamist.
Earlier this month, Bashir called former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin “a world class idiot” because she made a comparison to slavery while discussing U.S. debt to China. He then read an excerpt from the diary of a former plantation manager who wrote of forcing one slave to “S-H-I-T” in another slave’s mouth and seemed to suggest Palin suffer the same fate. He apologized on the air on his next show and continued hosting regularly until he took a “pre-planned vacation” this week.
Baldwin’s show was at first suspended earlier this month and then finally canceled after he reportedly made an anti-gay slur to a New York Post photographer who was waiting outside his Manhattan apartment. Baldwin issued an apology on MSNBC.com, though told Gothamist he disputes half of what he yelled at the photographer.
“I dispute half the comment I made… if I called him ‘c–ksucking maggot’ or a ‘c–ksucking motherf—-r’… ‘fa—ot’ is not the word that came out of my mouth. That I know,” Baldwin told Gothamist.