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Bestselling Learn Guitar on Android! http://bit.ly/LearnGuitarAndroid Alec Baldwin Joke Cut From Emmys It was a birthday party that kept Emmy nominee Alec Baldwin away from TV's biggest night, not the fact that his opening skit got cut, he says. "I didn't skip the Emmys because of that," the 30 Rockstar told reporters Sunday at singing legend Tony Bennett's 85th birthday gala in New York. "I skipped the Emmys because of this -- because I wanted to be here." As for removing himself from the opening sketch in which he played the president of television (recast with Leonard Nimoy) Baldwin confirmed it was because Fox, which broadcast the Emmys and is owned by Rupert Murdoch's News America corporation, cut out his joking reference to the phone hacking scandal involving the company. "In that routine, I made a joke about the News Corp. phone hacking scandal which the writers and producers had pre-approved before I made the trip. We shot the segment with the joke in. A couple of days later, I was informed that the producers had been told by some Fox entity that the joke had to be cut. I then asked that the entire piece be omitted, as I felt the joke was, perhaps, the funniest thing in it," Baldwin wrote on the Huffington Post. Baldwin went on to say, "However, in some sense, I understand News Corps.' reluctance to include that joke. If I were accused of illegally hacking into the private phone messages of the families of innocent crime victims and doing so purely for profit, I would be eager for that scandal to go away, too." According to Entertainment Weekly, the joke involved Baldwin portraying the President of Television who becomes upset his phone conversation is being hacked and he asks, "Rupert, is that you?" So what do you think? Was it wrong of Fox to censor the joke about the phone-hacking scandal? Leave a comment below and let us know. http://insidetv.ew.com/2011/09/19/alec-baldwin-rupert-murdoch-emmy/ http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2011/09/alec-baldwin-fox-news-corp-phone-hacking-emmys http://www.people.com/people/package/article/0,,20304925_20529621,00.html http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/celebritology/post/alec-baldwin-bit-pulled-from-emmy-telecast/2011/09/18/gIQA4sAbdK_blog.html http://www.cnn.com/2011/09/19/showbiz/celebrity-news-gossip/alec-baldwin-skipped-emmy/ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alec-baldwin/alec-baldwin-emmys_b_970323.html
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