Alec Baldwin confirms that his Emmy skit was cut
Before the show even began, controversy broke out at the "63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards." Alec Baldwin, who had been scheduled to appear in the pretaped opening skit, asked producers to dump him partly because a phone-hacking scandal joke didn't make it into the final version of the vignette.
Baldwin, who did not attend the awards ceremony Sunday night, confirmed by Twitter an earlier report in Deadline that said his News Corp. gag was cut. "Fox did kill my News Corp. hacking joke," he wrote. "Which sucks bc I think it would have made them look better. A little."
The "30 Rock" star, who is nominated for a lead actor Emmy, had been scheduled to open the show, playing a fictional network TV president in a skit that starred host Jane Lynch. He reportedly worked with the program's writers on the skit, collaborating on the joke that referenced the ongoing investigation in the U.K. into Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloids.
Baldwin sent out a tweet on Saturday noting that he'd heard that "News Corp. may cut the funniest line."
In light of the cut, Baldwin asked to be taken out of the skit all together. Since it was edited after the fact, Baldwin was concerned that the bit would no longer flow, according to Deadline.
Lynch instead appeared with "Star Trek" veteran Lenoard Nimoy in the opening scenes.
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