Alec Baldwin’s ’30 Rock’ Co-Star Weighs in on Homophobic Slur Debate

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Alec Baldwin's gay slur controversy wages on.

While many are calling for the MSNBC host's head after he may or may not have used the f-word on Thursday, the actor still has friends standing by him.

Baldwin's former "30 Rock" co-star Maulik Pancholy — who played his assistant Jonathan on the show and came out as gay earlier this week— has come to the actor's defense.

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"That's not the Alec I know," Pancholy told "omg! Insider" at the Out 100 Gala presented by Buick on Thursday night. "The Alec I know is super liberal and does a lot for gay rights. I mean, what he said is not excusable in my mind and of course the words are hurtful. But it's not the Alec I know."

Yesterday, Baldwin was caught on camera using profane language against a photographer who was getting too close to his family. TMZ obtained the clip and alleged that Alec called the paparazzo a "c--ksucking f-g," while the actor claims he said "c--ksucking fat head."

"He's a great guy," Pancholy added. "I'm saddened to hear that this happened, and hopefully he'll do everybody right and make amends."

Regardless of what you believe (listen for yourself), the Emmy-winning actor did apologize for using the word "c--ksucker."


In between tweets, Alec's war with the paparazzi is heating up.

On Friday, the 55-year-old actor was caught on camera confronting a local Fox reporter.

"If you're still here when my wife and kid come out, you’re going to have a big problem, you know that?" Alec said, adding: "You are as dumb as you look. You are with Fox, right?"

A friend of Alec's tells omg! that what people aren't seeing is how relentlessly hounded the actor is by paparazzi, creating dangerous situations for his family.

“There is no excuse for inappropriate language if it was used, however, there is no defending assaulting innocent people and violating their privacy,” says our source.

Alec's new weekly show on MSNBC, "Up Late With Alec Baldwin," airs Friday nights. The show has been declining in the ratings since its premiere six weeks ago, so it certainly would have been interesting to see if there was a spike tonight. However, the show has been suspended for two weeks, as the actor explained on the MSNBC website.

"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," he wrote.

Tune into "omg! Insider" tonight on CBS to hear who else is sticking by Alec Baldwin.

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