MSNBC on Friday announced that Alec Baldwin's late-night show would be suspended for two weeks over Baldwin's use of a gay slur.

Up Late with Alec Baldwin premiered on October 11 and won't return until Friday, November 29.

“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,” Baldwin said in a statement. “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.”

In a video published by, Baldwin is seen in an altercation with a photographer outside his apartment. claims the actor called the photographer a “cocksucking fag” before getting into his car.

Baldwin denied the claim, saying he said “cocksucking fathead.”

Baldwin said in a tweet that he had been “informed” that “c'sucker is an anti-gay epithet. In which case I apologize and will retire it from my vocabulary.”

However, the apology did little to calm critics.

GLAAD spokesman Rich Ferraro responded to the suspension: “Alec Baldwin still needs to take real action. MSNBC has sent a message that anti-gay slurs carry consequences, and that's an important standard to uphold at a time when LGBT people continue to face disproportionate levels of bullying and violence just because of who they are.”

Earlier this year, Baldwin made headlines when he called a tabloid reporter a “toxic little queen” in a tweet.