Alec Baldwin’s rant at a photographer over a week ago has cost him his job at MSNBC. Originally, the show was suspended for two weeks after the actor screamed a few choice words at a paparazzo who got too close. Of course, it was all caught on camera and despite trying to do a little damage control, Alec’s name was forever smeared, again. He has been down this road a time or two in the past. He loathes the photographers that hound him the second he walks out the doors of his apartment building in New York City.
Alec Baldwin is a new daddy and has been especially protective of his young wife and their 3-month-old daughter. Hilaria Baldwin has had her own run-ins with the paparazzi and has unleashed on a few for crowding her or physically pushing her as she tried to get into a waiting car. These guys do have a point. The paparazzi are extremely aggressive and go way past the boundaries of personal space. But, none of that matters to the executives at the news network and they have decided to cancel Alec’s show after just six weeks.
“Up with Alec Baldwin” was officially canceled on Tuesday after the host and the network came to a “mutual” decision. In the days following the backlash to his derogatory statements, Alec Baldwin had expressed his desire to leave the limelight and hinted he would likely not return to the show. He wouldn’t be the first actor to threaten to walk away from all that is Hollywood in seek of a better life. Oddly enough, the ones who actually do leave the glare of the spotlight rarely announce it. They just fade away and are never seen again except for a few rare occasions.
Alec Baldwin probably knew the firing was coming. He penned a letter talking about his show and had this to say, “We do take a small amount of pride in knowing that we beat CNN in the ratings each of our nights.” Basically, he was reminding producers and executives that his little faux pas was nothing compared to the great job he was doing in his short time on the job. It didn’t work and his show will not be on MSNBC any longer. That doesn’t mean he won’t try and take it elsewhere.
Part of the editorial included a section about the harassment he has endured the lives that have been put at risk because of his celebrity status. He claims more than one child has been trampled by photographers waiting to get a picture of him. He wrote, “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.”
Right now Alec Baldwin is in Hawaii working on a film. He will have to think long and hard about whether he wants to continue living his life as a celebrity or if he truly wants to live a somewhat normal life. In order to do that, he is going to have to lay low for a while. Maybe he should take his wife and baby somewhere secluded and just let all of this blow over.