Alec Baldwin has been suspended as host of MSNBC’s “Up Late” for the next two weeks following an outburst at a photographer which contained homophobic slurs.

Baldwin issued a statement on the MSNBC website:

https://twitter.com/UpLateWithAlec/status/401506818767089665

I would like to address the comments I made this past week.

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. Words are important. I understand that, and will choose mine with great care going forward. What I said and did this week, as I was trying to protect my family, was offensive and unacceptable. Behavior like this undermines hard-fought rights that I vigorously support. I understand “Up Late” will be taken off the schedule for tonight and next week.

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. Again, please accept my apology.

https://twitter.com/ABFalecbaldwin/status/401511228029562880

https://twitter.com/Will_Antonin/status/401510866149183489

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional tweets.