Alec Baldwin Jokingly Asks Another Man to Be His Lover After Gay Slur Controversy

Alec Baldwin
In what seemed to be an attempt to smooth over his recent gay slur controversy, Alec Baldwin jokingly asked another man to be his lover 

Can Alec Baldwin laugh away his latest jam? After making headlines last week for directing a gay slur at a paparazzo in New York City, the 30 Rock alum evidently tried to ease tensions by jokingly professing his love for another man in front of an audience at a San Francisco tech conference on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

"I want you to be my lover, Matt," the Associated Press quotes Baldwin as saying to a member of his entourage. "I love you, Matt. I love you in that way."

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Once the crowd's laughter had subsided, the Emmy-winning actor, 55, reportedly added that he has loved some men more than women in his life, though not in a "sexual" way. Per the AP, he also said he hopes his 3-month-old daughter, Carmen — with wife Hilaria Baldwin — learns to control her temper better than he has.

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Baldwin's remarks come just a week after the release of a video showing the star allegedly using the phrase "c–ksucking f-g." (He later claimed via Twitter that the second word he said was "fathead," not "f-g.") As a result of the controversy, MSNBC suspended his talk show, Up Late With Alec Baldwin.

"I would like to address the comments I made this past week," the actor wrote in a statement on his show's website on Friday, Nov. 15. "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."

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"Words are important. I understand that, and will choose mine with great care going forward," he added. "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," he continued. "Again, please accept my apology."

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