Alec Baldwin says he isn't homophobic

Alec Baldwin insists he isn’t homophobic.

The former ’30 Rock’ star has issued a formal apology for his “ill advised attack” on a journalist, who wrongly accused him and his wife Hilaria Thomas, 29, of tweeting messages from James Gandolfini’s funeral on Thursday (27.06.13), and says he is a huge supporter of gay rights.

The Emmy-winning actor told CNN: “It’s disgraceful that a reporter would manufacture and publish a story and not call for comment or explanation — especially when it’s intended to take away attention from honouring the memory of a beloved figure like James Gandolfini.”

The 55-year-old star, who decided to quit Twitter following the incident, also issued an apology to the organisation GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), saying: “I have worked, periodically, with numerous marriage equality organisations, especially over the past couple of years, to achieve the very rights that gay couples are earning by recent court decisions. “

Alec drew criticism after he tweeted a rant about the journalist, saying: “If put my foot up your f****** ass . . . but I’m sure you’d dig it too much.

“I’m gonna find you. You toxic little queen, and I’m gonna f***…you…up.”

Hilaria is supporting Alec and told fans that she never would have married him if he were homophobic.

She tweeted: “Almost all of my best friends are gay… I would have NEVER married a homophobic man. Hear my husband out on his meaning of the word ‘queen’ “

The heavily pregnant ‘Extra’ correspondent and yoga instructor added: “He stands up for me, I stand up for him. That is how marriage works.

“Thank you for the support with this nonsense – it really has meant a lot. Lets remember our dear friend, Jimmy, by treasuring life.”