Alec Baldwin boycotted Emmys after joke cut

By Alexandra Heilbron on September 19, 2011 | 2 Comments

Alec Baldwin did not appear at the Emmy Awards yesterday after a joke about Rupert Murdoch was cut from a segment he’d pre-taped. In it, Baldwin played the president of a fictional television studio. The joke that was cut by the Fox network had Baldwin, while talking on the phone, asking whether Murdoch was listening in on the call — referring to the phone hacking scandal involving Murdoch’s News Corporation’s News of the World newspaper. News Corp. also owns Fox. Baldwin was replaced in the segment, which was scheduled to open the broadcast, by Star Trek‘s Leonard Nimoy. Late last week Baldwin tweeted: “I did a short Emmy pretape a few days ago. Now they tell me News Corp cut the funniest line.” A spokesperson for Fox said that News Corp. didn’t cut the segment because of the Rupert Murdoch mention, but because the network finds the telephone hacking scandal to be too serious to make light of, and therefore found the joke to be in “poor taste.”

Comments & Discussion

  1. C-Dub • September 19, 2011 @ 2:08 PM

    Baldwin does movies and tv all the time I’m sure plenty of awesome lines get cut. He shouldn’t have boycotted the Emmys cause of that. In this case yeah it was only a line to affect Murdoch’s european company, not Fax, nor the families affected by the calls. And The Simpons, (a FOX cartoon), makes fun of Murdoch many times and he still even did a voice cameo before. I’m sure it was funny and really to be taken with a grain of salt would have worked well. Meh.

  2. mitch • September 19, 2011 @ 11:41 PM

    According to news reports….Baldwin didnt attend Emmys because he was at a Tony Bennet event in NYC.

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