The video that will be opening the Emmy Awards show tonight will no longer include ’30 Rock’ actor Alec Baldwin and he’s not taking the news well.
The video is supposed to be a comical look at television and Baldwin was playing the president of a fictional network in a sketch that included a joke about Rupert Murdoch’s phone hacking incident.
The Emmy’s are being aired on Fox TV which is owned by Murdoch so of course the joke wasn’t appreciated, but then that raises the question of why the sketch was approved in the first place?
The entire sketch was cut and last minute they decided to re-tape the skit with Leonard Nimoy instead and left out the phone hacking joke. Apparently the line about the phone hacking wasn’t cut to spare Murdoch’s feelings, but was removed because they didn’t want to make light of a serious situation.
Alec Baldwin took to his Twitter account and responded to the situation, saying; “Fox did [cut] my NewsCorp hacking joke. Which sucks bc I think it would have made them look better. A little. If I were enmeshed in a scandal where I hacked phones of families of innocent crime victims purely 4 profit, I’d want that 2 go away, 2. I understand NewsCorp [cutting] that joke.”
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