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Baldwin talk show canceled

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MSNBC and Alec Baldwin say they are ending the actor’s talk show, which was suspended for two weeks after the actor used an anti-gay slur against a photographer in a New York City street.

MSNBC said it was a “mutual parting and we wish Alec all the best.”

Baldwin’s Friday night talk show was only a few episodes old before he was videotaped using the epithet. Baldwin apologized and was given the suspension.

LGBT support

U.S. hip hop artists Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have joined the U.N. Free and Equal Campaign to encourage greater respect for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky announced their support Tuesday.

Macklemore and Lewis are well-known for their song, “Same Love,” which celebrates same-sex relationships, and quickly became an anthem for LGBT equality.

Bono optimistic

U2 frontman Bono feels optimistic that his musical, “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” will continue to thrive after the show turns the lights out on Broadway next year.

He acknowledged that even though the show had its problems, it worked out well.

“Three hugely successful years, and then it’s off to Germany, it’s off to Las Vegas,” Bono said Monday night on the red carpet for “Mandela: the Long Walk to Freedom.”

“It was a lot more expensive than it should have been, but in the long term it will – it will do very, very well,” he said.

The musical turns off its light at the Foxwoods Theater on Jan. 4.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actor James Avery is 65. Director Kathryn Bigelow is 62. TV personality Bill Nye is 58. Actor William Fichtner is 57. Guitarist Actress Robin Givens is 49. Actor Michael Vartan is 45. Rapper Twista is 41. Actor Jaleel White is 37.

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