(CNN) - After an angry rant cost Alec Baldwin his show on MSNBC, the former host is blasting the network for keeping host Martin Bashir after he made incendiary remarks about former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
“Martin Bashir’s on the air, and he made his comment on the air!” Baldwin told Gothamist, adding that he denies using a gay slur in part of the confrontation.
Earlier this month, Bashir apologized for suggesting that Palin deserved graphic punishment for comparing the U.S. federal debt to China to slavery. Palin later canceled an interview with NBC’s “Today” show.
MSNBC and Baldwin’s representative confirmed to CNN in a joint statement Tuesday that Baldwin’s show, “Up Late,” would be canceled after he reportedly yelled gay slurs at a photographer outside his apartment in New York. Baldwin later posted a statement on MSNBC’s website apologizing.
“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,” he said.
MSNBC has not commented on Bashir’s status with the network.
Palin responded to the MSNBC host’s comments in an interview with “Fox News Sunday,” saying that the network’s failure to act is hypocritical and common in “that media elite bubble, where it depends on the target of the vile rants,” though she accepted his apology.