Phone Hacking, TV

Alec Baldwin pulls out of Emmys after cut Murdoch phone hacking joke

Alec Baldwin was supposed to be at last night’s Emmy Awards but decided not to show up after Fox allegedly cut his pre-taped joke about the phone hacking scandal. Well, that was how the story originally ran, but Baldwin has since suggested that the reason he didn’t show up was so he could host Tony Bennett’s birthday party…

The cut joke was supposed to see Baldwin talking on the phone, only to stop and make a joke about Murdoch possibly listening in. Fox allegedly decided to edit out the line, causing Baldwin to tell the company to just forget the whole thing. As a result, Fox allegedly re-taped the sketch with Star Trek star Leonard Nimoy.

Baldwin subsequently tweeted that he understood the decision, in the sense that the company might want to have the scandal go away. Fox reportedly said that the joke was cut because they felt it would be insensitive to make light of the situation, and they pointed out that it was Fox, not News Corp, that made the decision.

Sometimes the sensitivity of Fox to such moral issues is astounding…

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