Alec Baldwin has been a mega-favorite at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, winning seven consecutive years for “30 Rock.” Will SAG voters punish him for recent anti-gay remarks and deny him another trophy?
On Thursday, Baldwin lashed out a paparazzi photographer as he moved towards his family. TMZ published video of the incident that included two angry anti-gay comments.
One day later, MSNBC suspended the actor from hosting his late-night show “Up Late with Alec Baldwin.” He missed Friday’s episode and the upcoming John F. Kennedy edition that was scheduled for November 22.
In a Huffington Post blog item, Baldwin apologized on Saturday by saying, “I want to address the decision by MSNBC to suspend my show. Whether the show comes back at all is at issue right now. But if the show dies, its fate ends up being no different than the vast majority of start-up TV programming, and so be it.”
Members of the actors union have been quite generous to Baldwin, especially in recent years. During his career, he has earned 18 SAG nominations with eight wins. Seven of those are individual actor awards for his role as Jack Donaghy and the other from 2009 as part of the “30 Rock” ensemble. He and Julianna Margulies (“E.R.,” “The Good Wife“) now share the overall record for most number of wins.
Although that NBC comedy only aired five episodes in 2013 (one less than the minimum requirement), Gold Derby exclusively reported weeks ago that SAG officials determined the program will indeed be eligible one more time at the next ceremony. The Golden Globes have ruled it is ineligible for their awards.
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