UPDATE: Alec Baldwin Uses Gay Hairdresser To Prove He’s Not A Homophobe

The sinking ship otherwise known as the S.S. Alec Baldwin is desperately grabbing onto whatever life raft he can find to get him out of his latest PR disaster.

Yesterday, Baldwin was caught on tape allegedly calling a photographer a “cocksucking fag.” It is the second time in less than a year that Baldwin has used antigay slurs in public.

Now, in yet another attempt to prove to the world he’s not homophobic, the actor/ratings-tanking MSNBC host has enlisted the help of his openly gay hairdresser, Nick.

The very unnecessary and very awkward impromptu press conference happened earlier today in Manhattan. In a video published by TMZ, Baldwin asks his hairdresser, “Do you think I’m a homophobe?”

His hairdresser responds: “Yes! Big time,” though he’s clearing joking.

He and Baldwin then share a hearty laugh (because there’s nothing funnier than alleged homophobia, right?) before the hairdresser dips back into the salon and Baldwin takes off down the street.

Afterwards, TMZ spoke with the hairdresser, who said: “I don’t think he’s homophobic. I don’t at all. Whenever he is in here we are always talking and cutting hair.”

Then he added: “He booked an appointment for today… He is a good tipper.”

The hairdresser also said he was not aware of yesterday’s video of Baldwin using antigay slurs, but “If he did say it there was probably a good reason behind why.”

So there you have it, folks. Alec Baldwin isn’t homophobic because he has a gay hairdresser… who he tips very well… and who sometimes gets to be on TMZ.

UPDATE (11/15/13 5:15PM PST):

MSNBC has announced the network is suspending Baldwin’s show Up Late for the next two weeks in wake of the actor’s recent behavior.

In a statement released today, Baldwin wrote:

I would like to address the comments I made this past week.

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. 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. Again, please accept my apology.