What’s the Problem Rupert?
The Emmys will go on–but without comedian Alec Baldwin.
“30 Rock” star Mr. Baldwin has pulled out of Sunday’s Emmy broadcast after a joke about News Corp. chief executive Rupert Murdoch was cut from a segment that he had pre-taped to open the show, which Fox is broadcasting.
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In the segment that was supposed to open Sunday’s primetime telecast, Mr. Baldwin plays a fictional president of a television studio. The joke that Fox cut involved a bit in which Mr. Baldwin, while on the telephone, asked whether Mr. Murdoch was listening into the call–an allusion to the phone hacking scandal that has plagued News Corp. in recent months.
Leonard Nimoy of “Star Trek” replaced Mr. Baldwin in the segment, which will open the show Sunday evening without the joke.
Relax already Rupert. Then again, I can’t help but wonder: Why is Baldwin’s joke so upsetting? Feeling pangs of guilt? Hey? Hey? Hey?
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