’30 Rock’ star Alec Baldwin was originally playing the network president in the opening video sketch at the Emmy Awards last night, but because they included a joke about the phone hacking situation that happened with Rupert Murdoch and Fox is owned by Murdoch they cut the sketch.
The skit was then re-filmed, but instead of bringing Alec back to play the network president, they cast Leonard Nimoy in the role and left out the phone hacking joke. Baldwin was noticeably not in attendance at the Emmy Awards show last night and it had people thinking that maybe he was bitter about having his sketch cut from the show.
Baldwin is saying that his absence from the show had nothing to do with the skit being dropped and that he was at Tony Bennett’s 85th birthday party in New York instead. He said; “I didn’t skip the Emmys because of that. I skipped the Emmys because of this – because I wanted to be here. The Emmys are something I’m going to watch on YouTube tomorrow.”
While Baldwin thought that Fox cut the skit because it was offensive to Murdoch, the network said that they cut it because they did not want to make light of a serious situation. Maybe they should’ve thought of that before they approved the skit in the first place.
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