Alec Baldwin’s MSNBC talk show has officially been shut down.
The news was announced in a joint statement by the network and the actor’s rep confirming that the program will no longer continue after production was suspended nearly two weeks ago.
Production for “Up Late” was originally halted shortly after the release of a video in which he directed an anti-gay slur at a paparazzo who was snapping pictures of Baldwin’s family.
However, in a column for the Huffington Post, the “30 Rock” star shot back at reports that he used a particular homophobic word.
“I never used the word f-ggot in the tape recording being offered as evidence against me,” he wrote.
“What word is said right after the other choice word I use is unclear. But I can assure you, with complete confidence, that a direct homophobic slur (or indirect one for that matter) is not spoken.”
On a Nov. 15 tweet he addressed his show’s suspension and admitted that he wasn’t certain that the program would come back on air at all.
“If the show dies, its fate ends up being no different than the vast majority of start-up TV programming, and so be it.”
CBS Corp. put “60 Minutes” correspondent Lara Logan and her producer Max McClellan on leave after finding their report on Benghazi “deficient,” Bloomberg News reports.
The news program aired a segment Oct. 27 that purported to be an eyewitness account of the attack in Libya that left U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three others dead.
An internal review by Al Ortiz, CBS News’ executive director of standards and practices, found that the “60 Minutes” reporting team didn’t sufficiently vet the account of Dylan Davies, the security contractor who was the focus of the story, according to an internal memo obtained by Bloomberg News.
The show also “erred” in not disclosing that a book co-written by Davies about the attack was published by Threshold Editions, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, which is a unit of the CBS Corp., according to the memo.
“The ‘60 Minutes’ journalistic review is concluded, and we are implementing ongoing changes based on its results,” Sonya McNair, a CBS News spokeswoman, said in a statement.
“60 Minutes” is the most watched weekly newsmagazine on broadcast TV. In the season that started in September, the Sunday night program has averaged 13.4 million viewers, according to Nielsen data.
Hold on to your martinis, bereaved “Family Guy” fans. Love for Brian had fans hoping it was a ratings stunt, and now a new website has them wondering: Is Brian really dead?
A site “affiliated” with FOX and Seth MacFarlane’s popular crass cartoon sitcom has cropped up — www.briansannouncement.com — and promises “a special announcement from Brian” with a countdown clock that shows the big reveal will happen at noon Dec. 6.
The sparse home page also features a blue sedan driving into the Griffin’s mythical hometown of Quahog, R.I., where the sign entices visitors to “come taste our clam.”
Unfortunately for uber-fans “the producers have confirmed that the ‘special announcement from Brian’ website is a hoax and was not created by anyone connected to the show, studio or network,” “Family Guy” studio 20th Century Fox TV said, according to Deadline.com.
“Family Guy” fans were shocked Sunday night when the family’s acerbic, bipedal pooch died after being run over by a car. To make matters worse, if possible, evil genius best friend and sparring partner baby Stewie was unable to fix his broken time machine in order to save Brian.
The pooch’s passing caused outrage among die-hard fans sad to lose the talking Labrador retriever, whose wit was as dry as his martinis.
According to Entertainment Weekly, one Alabama super-fan started a Change.org petition to bring Brian Griffin back to the show.
By Tuesday, it had more than 37,000 online signatures.
(Compounding the loss, the Griffin family has already gotten a new dog, Vinny, voiced by actor Tony Sirico, best remembered for playing Paulie Walnuts on “The Sopranos.”)
Is the fan love enough to bring Brian back? Will Zombie Brian make his debut? Will Brian prove once and for all that “All Dogs Go to Heaven”?
James Franco and Seth Rogen won’t be joining the ranks of Louis Vuitton or Jimmy Kimmel anytime soon. In fact, they’re on Kanye West’s good side!
Kim Kardashian let the funny twosome know via Twitter that Yeezus was a fan of their “Bound 2” parody — aptly titled “Bound 3”—and understandably, the Kimye spoofers were pretty excited to have the Creative Genius’ seal of approval, E! News reports.
“Kanye says what’s up!,” Kim tweeted Rogen on Tuesday. “He loves u guys! He laughed so hard at this.” (The original video vixen approves as well, tweeting to the guys Monday they “nailed it” with the clip.)
Rogen, freshly OK’d by ‘Ye, was “so psyched” the couple liked the clip. “that’s so awesome!!” he tweeted to Kardashian. “Ha!! Tell him what’s up back.”
And Franco, who can now add Kanye impersonator to his endlessly long resume, Instagrammed an image of Rogen (naked, of course) with his back-and-forth tweets with Kardashian, writing, “#Sethrogen #kimkardashian #kanyewest — I’M SO GLAD THAT KIM and KANYE LIKE THE VIDEO — BOUNd 3!!! “
The fellas really should feel flattered, given that Mr. West doesn’t always take kindly to others making light of his life’s work. He was none too pleased with a skit of children re-enacting his BBC One interview on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” and didn’t see the humor in South Park’s mockery of him back in 2009… Fish sticks, anyone?
But, aside from Josh Groban classically singing the “Best of Kanye West’s Tweets” — which he admitted to Kimmel was in fact pretty funny — Rogen and Franco’s parody is the only Kanye-approved Kanye parody known to date.