Two weeks on the bench for Baldwin after anti-gay slur

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MSNBC has pulled actor Alec Baldwin's talk show "Up Late" from its schedule for two weeks.

The suspension is the channel's response to Baldwin's use of an anti-gay slur he hurled at a photographer that was taking pictures of him and his family as they left their apartment building. 

In a post on the "Up Late" blog, Baldwin apologized for the remarks and announced the hiatus.

"I did not intend to hurt or offend anyone with my choice of words, but clearly I have – and for that I am deeply sorry," Baldwin wrote. "I want to apologize to my loyal fans and to my colleagues at msnbc – both for my actions and for distracting from their good work."

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"Up Late" has only been on the channel for a month, so a two-week hiatus is significant. The former "30 Rock" actor has a history of public outbursts, but said before his MSNBC program began that the channel knew what it was getting into when it hired him.