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Alec Baldwin skipped Emmys for Tony Bennett, not Rupert Murdoch

Alec Baldwin skipped the Emmys to celebrate Tony Bennett's birthday

Alec Baldwin tried on Ricky Gervais' bad-boy shoes regarding this year's Emmy Awards — or at least appeared to, until he cleared things up about choosing Tony Bennett's 85th birthday celebration over a walk down the red carpet in downtown L.A. Sunday.

So here's the dish: Baldwin was presumed to have snubbed the Emmys after a joke he made in an original version of the intro to the show (a crack about Fox honcho Rupert Murdoch and the phone-hacking scandal that brought down News of the World) was nuked by the network when the bit made the approval rounds. Reportedly concerned with flow after the edit was made, he asked to be removed from the skit entirely.

"Fox did kill my NewsCorp hacking joke. Which sucks bc I think it would have made them look better. A little," Baldwin said on Twitter, adding later, "I understand NewsCorp killing that joke. 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."

So yeah, Leonard Nimoy took over the "president of television" role, addressing Jane Lynch quite logically to get the Emmys broadcast started. And Sunday found Baldwin hanging out at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York at the Bennett benefit concert, working the stage with Elton John as the crowd sang "Happy Birthday."  According to Styleite, he later hosted a gala dinner for the 85-year-old singer's foundation, Exploring the Arts.

It was the benefit commitment that kept him back East, not the axed joke, he told reporters at the event. "I skipped the Emmys because of this," Baldwin said. "Because I wanted to be here." Then Monday found him celebrating the start of "30 Rock" in syndication.

And here we thought it was Ricky Gervais and his Twinkie who'd gotten the most newsworthy editing of the night.

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— Christie D'Zurilla
Twitter.com/dzurillaville

Reuters contributed to this report.

Photo: Alec Baldwin speaks at Tony Bennett's 85th Birthday Gala Benefit for Exploring the Arts at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City on Sept. 18. Credit: Jemal Countess / Getty Images.



Emmys 2011: Chuck Lorre is all about keeping it zipped [Video]

Chuck Lorre and Jon Cryer at the 2011 Creative Arts Emmys

What has "Two and a Half Men" show runner Chuck Lorre learned from his, ahem, adventures in the past year or so? Well, he wasn't getting specific on the 2011 Emmy Awards red carpet Sunday, but one general rule of thumb should keep him on the winning side of things.

"You can't get too far ahead of yourself ... ," he said, talking about his expectations for the evening. "Just hope your zipper is closed and do what you can."

Photo gallery: HBO party pictures from the 2011 Emmy Awards

Lorre wound up seeing two wins notched on productions bearing his name, with Jim Parsons taking home actor in a comedy honors for "The Big Bang Theory," which was also nominated for top comedy series, and Melissa McCarthy bagging the outstanding actress in a comedy trophy for "Mike & Molly."

As far as Tuesday's debut of the retooled "Two and a Half Men" with Ashton Kutcher, well, "You'll just have to watch it," Lorre said, otherwise keeping it zipped about the show, and about Charlie Sheen. 

 

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Photo: Chuck Lorre and "Two and a Half Men" star Jon Cryer took the stage together at the Creative Arts Emmys, held Sept. 10. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press


Emmys 2011: Julianna Margulies, blessed and, oh, that dress [Video]

Julianna Margulies at the 2011 Emmys

Julianna Margulies did a little yoga Sunday before making her way to the 2011 Emmy Awards but said on the red carpet that the award show thing "never gets easier ... it's always stressful."

"It's exciting, but there's a little anxiety that goes along with it, until you get inside." Indeed, Margulies moved inside only to have the Emmy for outstanding actress in a drama come her way for "The Good Wife," which had to cut the anxiety just a touch.

Pictures: Best and worst of the 2011 Emmy Awards

"Having a job, as an actor, is such a blessing," she said. "Having a job that people respond to ... is a dream."

Blessings aside — any thoughts on the dress, which throughout the night had people gabbing? She told E! that a tight schedule had her finding the Armani Prive gown late Saturday night.

 

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Photo: Julianna Margulies of "The Good Wife" with her 2011 Emmy trophy at the Governors Ball after the ceremony. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times.


Mark Wahlberg, Alan Cumming's pants hit HBO's Emmy party

Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer cuddle at HBO

HBO's competitors may have been smiling Monday morning, given ABC's dent in the cable network's usual awards domination, but for the Ministry's purposes? No one parties like HBO.

Lighting up a rather predictable party circuit for the Emmys, HBO took over the Pacific Design Center's outdoor courtyard, transforming it into a floral and fiery tableau for famous folks. And that's without considering Alan Cumming's pants.

Pictures: 2011 Emmy Awards winners

A newly single Joe Manganiello ducked in to greet his "True Blood" employers before heading home for an early call time (presumably on the just-started "Magic Mike"). He passed by HBO talent, including the boys of "Entourage," Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon and Rex Lee, toasting their final season.

Mark Wahlberg made a show-stopping entrance, halting conversation for the likes of Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, John Stamos and Amanda Peet.

Olivia Munn made nice with rapper Kid Cudi as anchor Maria Menounos circulated in a gorgeous Ungaro gown, smiling at Lisa Bonet with her "Conan the Barbarian" man Jason Moma, who earned the HBO invite flexing his mojo as Khal Drogo in "Game of Thrones."

In the "Huh?" category, the notoriously rowdy Paz de la Huerta had the right measurements in a pink strapless gown but accented that with confounding, cadaver-colored lips and a mess of black hair. Likewise, Cumming hosted his own party -- on a floral, embroidered pair of harem pants.

Luckily the lovely Claire Danes was a palate cleanser. And for dessert? Scott Caan and a tall brunet were spotted driving off into the night just after the stroke of midnight.

Alan Cumming's pants, and Paz de la Huerta's makeup.

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— Matt Donnelly
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Photos: Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer work the red carpet, top, at HBO's 2011 Emmy after-party. Paz de la Heurta, bottom left, gets, um, avant-garde with hair and makeup, while Alan Cumming's pants simply win. Credits: Kristian Dowling / Associated Press, top; Michael Buckner / Getty Images, left; Jay L. Clendenin, Los Angeles Times, right.

 


Emmys: Jane Lynch, Heidi Klum and a happy 'Family' at Governors Ball

Guy Pearce at the 2011 Emmy Awards governors ball

Perhaps it was the big "Modern Family" sweep that had everyone on their best behavior: The 2011 Emmy Awards Governors Ball was one of the most efficient the Ministry has ever seen.

Host Jane Lynch was swept in just after 8:15 p.m., gliding from the Nokia Theatre to the Los Angeles Convention Center, where she screamed she was excited for "dinner time!"

Pictures: The scene at the 2011 Emmy Awards Governors Ball

Amy Poehler and husband Will Arnett came hand-in-hand for the black-and-white gala, which featured trippy color-blocked carpets and a touch of "Clockwork Orange" face paint on service staff.

Harlequin dancers in checkered body suits performed for winners Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen, as well as their costars Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet and Sofia Vergara.

Heidi Klum and Seal at the 2011 Emmy Awards governors ball We tried to shout out a compliment to Melissa McCarthy, who designed her own dress, but the winner for outstanding actress in a comedy was too inundated with well-wishers.

Kathy Griffin and Seth Meyers shared a chat outside around several golden trophies, while reality show host Heidi Klum sneaked in in a gorgeous flounced beige gown with floral detail. Husband Seal was her best accessory.

"Glee" didn't make it to the main stage, but McKinley High students including Lea Michele, Dianna Agron and Chris Colfer munched on tomato salad and gabbed. As did most of the crowd -- it was a rarity to find bottoms in seats just after the telecast.

Although eyes were peeled for Kate Winslet, the best actress in a miniseries victor, her winning costar Guy Pearce did just fine accepting kudos from the HBO crowd. The big winners from "Mad Men" stuck to themselves, as Jon Hamm, John Slattery and creator Matthew Weiner all conversed in tailored suits.

Pictures: Best and worst of the 2011 Emmy Awards

Christina Hendricks, curvy as ever, slipped gracefully in with Elizabeth Moss on her heels. And speaking of heels: Nominee Kristen Wiig of "Saturday Night Live" had a partygoer nail the train of her brown silk gown with a stiletto heel. She smiled it off.

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Upper photo: Guy Pearce arrives at the Governors Ball with his 2011 Emmy Award award for outstanding supporting actor in a miniseries for "Mildred Pierce." Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press

Lower photo: Heidi Klum and Seal slip into the party. Credit: Danny Moloshok / Reuters



Emmys 2011: Paula Abdul finds Simon Cowell 'charming' [Video]

Paula Abdul at the 2011 Emmy Awards

No matter how much we've heard about "The X Factor" so far, "it's still not enough" for Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul said Sunday on the 2011 Emmys red carpet.

Onetime "American Idol" besties Cowell and Abdul are reunited for the talent competition, newly imported from Britain, which allows singers as young as 12 as well as those in their 50s and 60s, plus groups.

It's a collaborative effort, Abdul said, but "Simon is very clear about his vision for the show ... shall I say, it's charming to see him in his element. He's very happy ... this is very important to him. It's his baby."

"The X Factor," which also features judges L.A. Reid and Nicole Scherzinger, and host Steve Jones, premieres Wednesday on Fox.

 

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Photo: Paula Abdul and Jane Lynch do their best accountant impressions during the 2011 Emmy Awards broadcast. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press


Emmy Awards 2011: Live chat replay from the Los Angeles Times

Emmy Awards 2011 live chat

Missed the 2011 Emmy Awards broadcast? Or simply missed the Emmy Awards live chat we held here at the Ministry of Gossip? Never fear!

It wouldn't be TV without reruns. And it wouldn't be the Ministry without a focus on gratuitous beefcake and cheesecake. Click "replay," if you dare.

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Photo: Emmy Awards 2011 host Jane Lynch performs in the show's opening number. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

 


Kate Winslet, Lea Michele have us seeing red on the Emmy carpet

Emmy Awards 2011: a parade of red dresses

Talk about red carpet sirens — the ladies of the Emmy Awards were tres liberal with the color red for Sunday's telecast.

"Glee" gal Lea Michele opted for a red Marchesa number with super-constructed shoulders and her normal hairstyle, blowout with bangs. Nina Dobrev looked a shade similar in a curve-hugging Donna Karan.

"Mildred Pierce" nominee (and winner-to-be) Kate Winslet did a sweet and stylish hair tuck with a cleavage-baring red gown, while Sofia Vergara went a note lighter in an almost-coral Vera Wang number.

What do you think of the fire engine vibe at this year's Emmys? Tell us in comments.

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Photos: Nina Dobrev, left, Sofia Vergara, Kate Winslet and Lea Michele. Credits, from left: Kevin Winter / Getty Images; Frazer Harrison / Getty Images; Robyn Beck / Agence France-Presse / Getty Images; Matt Sayles / Associated Press.


Emmys: Kathy Griffin grills Ryan Seacrest over Julianne Hough

Ryan Seacrest at the 2011 Emmy Awards

Kathy Griffin is historically unapologetic in her skewering of E! red carpet host and radio personality Ryan Seacrest — be it jokes about his height, his sexuality or his bags of money, sparks always fly when the pair collide. Sunday's Emmy red carpet was no exception.

"When I make fun of you or debase you, it helps my ticket sales," Griffin told Seacrest. It took only moments for Griffin to cut through the traditional carpet banter and ask, "Are you still bangin’ the dancer?"

Griffin was, of course, referring to Seacrest's main squeeze, Julianne Hough, the former "Dancing With the Stars" pro turned country singer whom Seacrest has been courting for nearly a year.

"How did you get her? ... What kind of smoke-and-mirrors game are you playing?" Griffin joked. "Do  you stand on your money and say, 'Here I come?' "

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Emmys: Jon Hamm, Maya Rudolph pre-party with host Lorne Michaels

Emmy Awards: Amy Poehler, Will Arnett, Paul Rudd and Jennifer Westfeldt at Lorne Michaels' party.

Lorne Michaels is no stranger to weekend productions, though for the Saturday night before the 2011 Emmy Awards he put on a different kind of show in Los Angeles: an Emmys pre-party welcoming his famous friends and former employees.

On the terrace at the Sunset Tower Hotel, "Saturday Night Live" executive producer Michaels greeted husband and wife Will Arnett and Amy Poehler and Jon Hamm, all nominees, plus Hamm's partner, Jennifer Westfeldt, Paul Rudd, Andy Samberg and Maya Rudolph.

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Aziz Ansari joked with Jimmy Fallon and Bravo's Andy Cohen in the company of Melissa McCarthy, Maulik Pancholy, Jack McBrayer, Rashida Jones, actress-director Penny Marshall and Bryan Cranston, last year's Emmy winner for best actor in a drama for "Breaking Bad."

Ana Gasteyer and her Ben & Jerry's Schweddy Balls Guests sipped novelty cocktails including the "Liz Lemonade," a nod to Tina Fey's "30 Rock" character, and the "Saturday Night Imbibe" by 42 Below.

For comedy diehards, a fun fact: Former cast member Ana Gasteyer turned up and was quite amused by the passed desserts: mini containers of Ben & Jerry's Schweddy Balls ice cream, a product inspired by the skit that she, Molly Shannon and Alec Baldwin made famous on "SNL."

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Top photo: Amy Poehler, left, Will Arnett, Paul Rudd and Jennifer Westfeldt cuddle up at Lorne Michaels' pre-Emmy party at the Sunset Tower Hotel. Credit: Associated Press

Bottom photo: Ana Gasteyer flashes some Schweddy Balls ice cream. Credit: Associated Press


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