Emmy Awards 2011: Alec Baldwin pulls out over cut Murdoch joke

Actor Alec Baldwin gestures while on the set of Woody Allen's latest production, "The Bop Decameron," at Campo de' Fiori square in central Rome, on July 28, 2011. Getty Images

Alec Baldwin gestures while on the set of Woody Allen's latest production, "The Bop Decameron," at Campo de' Fiori square in central Rome, on July 28, 2011.
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(CBS) Alec Baldwin isn't showing up for tonight's Emmy Awards after a joke he made about News Corp. was cut from a segment recorded to open the ceremony.

On Thursday, Baldwin tweeted: "I did a short Emmy pretape a few days ago. Now they tell me NewsCorp may cut the funniest line."

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On Sunday, he added, "Fox did kill my NewsCorp hacking joke. Which sucks bc I think it would have made them look better. A little."

According to the Daily News, the segment showed Baldwin talking on the phone, then calls out Rupert Murdoch for listening in on the conversation.

Entertainment Weekly confirmed that Baldwin, a nominee in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series category for his role on "30 Rock," will not be attending the ceremony.

"I understand NewsCorp killing that joke," he tweeted on Sunday, adding, "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."

According to the Associated Press, Fox said it believed the joke was inappropriate to make light of an issue being taken very seriously by the company.

  • Jessica Derschowitz

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