Alec Baldwin Wegmans Commercials: Grocery Chain Reverses Call To Yank Ads [UPDATED]
UPDATE: Wegman's has reinstated their Alec Baldwin ads due to the "hundreds and hundreds" of tweets, emails and phone calls the company has received. Below is the grocery chain's full statement:
We regret ending the Alec Baldwin holiday commercials one week earlier than planned in response to a couple of dozen complaints. We have decided to run the commercials again, effective immediately.
Clearly, many more people support Alec, as evidenced by the hundreds and hundreds of tweets, emails, and phone calls we have received. We enjoyed working with Alec Baldwin and his mom, Carol, and would do it again. We appreciate all the kind things they have said about Wegmans and respect the good work they do for communities.
(Associated Press) ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Alec Baldwin's antics aboard an American Airlines flight have gotten him grounded as a spokesman for a New York-based supermarket chain.
A spokeswoman for Wegmans Food Markets tells Rochester media outlets that the company pulled television ads featuring Baldwin after some customers complained about his behavior that resulted in his being booted from a Dec. 6 flight at Los Angeles International Airport.
Baldwin was removed from the New York-bound plane for refusing to turn off his cellphone.
The TV spots were filmed for the 2010 holiday season. The commercials were supposed to run again for three weeks last month but were pulled a week early after Baldwin's airline dustup.
Baldwin was hired for the ads after he mentioned that his mother, who lives in the Syracuse area, is a loyal Wegmans customer.
Below, ABC's report on the Alec Baldwin ads when they first debuted: