Actually, the best thing that happened to us was MSNBC giving Alec Baldwin a show, Up Late Night With Alec Baldwin.
Why is that so great? We got to see Alec and we missed him after 30 Rock.
But it didn't take long to wear out that welcome. His ratings declined like an anvil pushed off the roof at 30 Rock Center. It hit terminal velocity within the first 10 minutes of his love ode to Bill DeBlasio, his debut show guest. Trying to correct course with all but forgotten Debra Winger was a stroke of evil genius, sans the genius. It did you in.
But Alec is very generous, if nothing else. We as viewers could switch channels. The cable outfit couldn't. They were stuck contractually with him and his salary for either 6, 10 or 13 episodes depending on who you ask. That is until Alec violated his public behavior and publicity clause. Now, thanks to Mr. Baldwin's filmed outburst calling an annoying paparazzi a "cocksucking fag," MSMBC dropped his show and they don't have to pay for any more episodes or Baldwin's guarantee. Officially the show's on hiatus and Baldwin is on two week suspension, but don't look for his return. Sayanara.
You did the network a big favor, Mr. Baldwin, and now maybe you should do yourself one. Get help. Professional help. Anger and outbursts don't become you. Ask us to live with the crazy spiky "Something About Mary" hair and maybe we'll over look it. But not this. Not a homophobic public rant.
It hasn't been that long since your famous answering machine message to your 11 year old daughteer, reported by MailOnline:
You are a rude, thoughtless little pig. You don't have the brains or the decency as a human being.
These just aren't the words of a balanced, sober, sane man. And it's obvious that it's not just one outburst in your past.
So a thanks to MSNBC for putting us viewers out of our misery, and good luck wishes to Mr. Baldwin. May you, like the programming department at your recent job, find guidance and some good fortune.