Alec Baldwin Boycotts Emmys After Fox Censors His Phone-Hacking Joke

Last night, the Fox Network presented the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards. Missing from the glitzy evening, however, was familiar favorite Alec Baldwin. The 30 Rock star pulled out of the program after Fox “killed a joke” referring to News Corp.’s ongoing phone-hacking scandal. In a pre-taped skit for the event, Baldwin plays a TV executive talking on the phone when he says, “Rupert? Is that you? I hear you breathing, Rupert!” Fox notified Baldwin last Thursday that it was censoring the joke “not because the joke involved [News Corp. CEO Rupert] Murdoch but because they take the phone-hacking allegations very seriously and did not want to be seen as making light of them.” Baldwin unleashed on the network on Twitter, stating, “Fox did kill my NewsCorp hacking joke. Which sucks bc I think it would have made them look better. A little.” He added, “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, [too].”