LOS ANGELES -Actor Alec Baldwin said his late night talk show on cable news network MSNBC will be taken off the air on Friday and next week and apologized for comments that a gay rights group called homophobic epithets.

Baldwin, 55, announced the decision in a statement, saying that his comments were “offensive and unacceptable.” His talk show “Up Late with Alec Baldwin” began last month. “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,” Baldwin said in the statement, adding that he was trying to protect his wife and daughter in New York.

Earlier this week, the actor tearfully testified at the trial of a woman who was sentenced to 210 days in jail after being found guilty of stalking and harassing him and his wife, Hilaria.