Alec Baldwin Quits Emmys Over Cut Joke

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And the award for Biggest Diva goes too…Alec Baldwin in the Alec Baldwin Emmy joke controversy! The Daily News reports that the 30 Rock star bailed on tonight’s awards show after Fox cut a joke at the expense of their parent company News Corp and it’s CEO Rupert Murdoch. Apparently the joke involved a crack about Murdoch listening in on Baldwin’s phone call, a reference to the recent News of the World phone hacking controversy. “They edited out a line and he asked them to not air the segment,” a source reported. “He didn’t want to do something that had been edited afterwards because if it’s comedy and you take out a key line it just doesn’t work.” Also, because he’s Alec Baldwin.

Baldwin’s win for Biggest Diva tonight was so unsuspected, he didn’t even have time think to have a speech prepared. Just kidding, OF COURSE HE DID. “I understand NewsCorp killing that joke,” Alec Baldwin tweeted. “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.” Maybe next year, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey and Liza Minnelli. Maybe next year.

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