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MSNBC Ends Its Alec Baldwin Experiment

Alec Baldwin on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Oct. 21
Alec Baldwin on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Oct. 21Photograph by Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

MSNBC cancelled Alec Baldwin’s show on Tuesday, less than two weeks after network boss Phil Griffin suspended the short-lived show over Baldwin’s use a gay slur in a confrontation with a photographer.

Griffin has made frequent use of the MSNBC penalty box in the past, suspending various on-air hosts for a range of infractions. The decision to pull the plug on Baldwin, rather than giving him another shot, was likely aided by humdrum ratings and growing public awareness of the actor’s extensive curriculum vitae of boorish behavior.