BY LYNN ELBER, AP TELEVISION WRITER
LOS ANGELES -- Alec Baldwin's new weekly MSNBC talk show was suspended for two episodes after the actor was videotaped using an anti-gay epithet against a photographer during a New York street encounter.
The cable channel didn't specify the reason it yanked Friday night's "Up Late with Alec Baldwin" from its schedule this week and next, but the decision came the day after the Thursday run-in.
In a statement on MSNBC website, Baldwin wrote that he "did not intend to hurt or offend anyone with my choice of words, but clearly I have — and for that I am deeply sorry."
He said his actions came as he tried to protect his family — presumably from the photographer — but were unacceptable and undermine "hard-fought rights that I vigorously support."
The video, which was posted on TMZ, also drew a tweeted apology from Baldwin in which he claimed he was unaware the term he used [c**sucking f*g] was offensive to gays.