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Baldwin upset over Emmys joke axe

The 30 Rock funnyman was due to appear in a pre-recorded scene at the start of the Sunday night (18Sep11) prize-giving and had shot a clip in which he joked about the recent snooping scandal at now-defunct British tabloid the News of the World.

The segment was broadcast ahead of the awards ceremony on the Fox network – a subsidiary of the NewsCorp company which also owned the News of the World – but Baldwin’s joke had been cut out.

The actor was seething over the edit – and he ended up snubbing the awards in favour of Tony Bennett’s 85th birthday gig in New York.

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In a series of posts on his Twitter.com page, Baldwin wrote, “I did a short Emmy pretape a few days ago. Now they tell me NewsCorp may cut the funniest line…” before later adding, “Fox did kill my NewsCorp hacking joke. Which sucks bc (because) I think it would have made them look better. A little… I understand NewsCorp killing that joke… If I were enmeshed in a scandal where I hacked phones of families of innocent crime victims purely 4 (for) profit, I’d want that 2 (sic) go away, 2 (sic).”

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