Alec Baldwin was omitted from the clip that opened tonight’s Emmy Awards.
Deadline reported that the “30 Rock” star made a joke about Rupert Murdoch and the News Corp. phone-hacking scandal in the original pre-taped bit. But Fox, a subsidiary of News Corp., opted to cut the joke because the network “did not want to be seen as making light of” the scandal. After Baldwin opted out, Leonard Nimoy was called in to replace him and was seen in the video opposite Jane Lynch.
Several outlets are reporting that Baldwin, who is nominated tonight in the lead actor in a comedy category, decided to boycott the ceremony because of the edit. But Deadline’s piece says Baldwin had already committed to be in New York for Tony Bennett’s birthday soiree.
Baldwin does seem to be miffed about the situation, however, based on his recent tweets.
“I understand NewsCorp killing that joke,” he tweeted, followed by another tweet that said: “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.”
And, later: “Are some companies #toobigtojail?”