Fox Censors Phone-Hacking Bit at Emmys
Alec Baldwin pulls videotaped skit after joke is axed
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 19, 2011 1:24 AM CDT
Alec Baldwin refused to allow a videotaped appearance to air on the Emmy program after Fox cut a jibe about the phone hacking scandal by Rupert Murdoch's newspapers.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Alec Baldwin squashed his videotaped appearance on last night's Emmy Awards after Fox axed his joke about the phone hacking scandal at newspapers owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., Fox's parent company. Baldwin demanded his entire videotaped bit, which was to air at the beginning of the show, be removed once the joke was censored. (The segment was re-filmed with Leonard Nimoy ... and without the joke.) A Fox spokesman said the bit was cut because the network takes the phone hacking scandal "seriously," and didn't want to appear to be joking about it, reports the Guardian.

In the joke, Baldwin pretends to be talking on a telephone, then calls out Rupert Murdoch's name, saying: "I can hear you listening," sources tell the New York Daily News. Baldwin, who was nominee for Outstanding Lead Actor in a comedy series for 30 Rock, tweeted: "If I were enmeshed in a scandal where I hacked phones of families of innocent crime victims purely for profit, I'd want that to go away, too." He added that allowing the joke "would have made them look better. A little." He later added: “Are some companies #toobigtojail?”

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Sep 19, 2011 5:27 PM CDT
I think fox Broke the law. Fair game.
Sep 19, 2011 3:59 PM CDT
Hollywood "stars" used to provide entertainment, glamour, and talent. Now, we have to listen to their political views which I'm sick of. Alec Baldwin has been crossed off my list of people I'll pay to see....along with Jane Fonda, Tom Cruise, Bono, Clooney,Sandra Bernhard, Sheryl Crow, Ed Asner,Larry Hagman,Woody Harrelson,Richard Gere, Danny Glover, Susan Sarandon and Tim.
Sep 19, 2011 1:17 PM CDT
How would Baldwin feel about a joke where someone was cussing at their kid over the phone and calling their mom nasty names and then called them out as Alec Baldwin. I don't think he would find that amusing at all and I'm sure he wants that story to just go away too but like most Hollywood types he is hypocritical.