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Alec Baldwin's show ending on MSNBC after actor used anti-gay slur in New York street encounter

BY DAVID BAUDER
AP TELEVISION WRITER

NEW YORK -- Alec Baldwin has his Friday nights back. He and MSNBC said Tuesday they were ending his weekly talk show after the actor had been suspended for two weeks for using an anti-gay slur in a New York City street encounter.

MSNBC said it was a "mutual parting and we wish Alec all the best."

"Up Late with Alec Baldwin" had aired only five episodes. The first three attracted a little more than a half million viewers, but the last two dipped under 400,000 viewers.

The Emmy-winning former star of "30 Rock" had lost his cool in the New York City street encounter. He later tweeted that he did not realize the profane phrase he used was offensive to gays, but then apologized.

He later said that the incident took place as he tried to protect his family.

MSNBC suspended Baldwin for two weeks, a punishment that was due to end this Friday.

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