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Alec Baldwin Emmys walk-out: The Rupert Murdoch joke

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For all the exciting upsets at last night’s Emmy Awards, one of the biggest stories to come out of the event focused on something that didn’t even happen: Alec Baldwin’s taped segment for opening sketch, which would have featured a joke about the recent phone-hacking scandal which has engulfed News. Corp (the company that owns the Fox network) and its CEO, Rupert Murdoch. After the joke was cut, Baldwin’s part was re-shot with Leonard Nimoy; Baldwin later tweeted, “Fox did kill my NewsCorp hacking joke. Which sucks bc I think it would have made them look better. A little.” In turn, Fox told EW that corporate connections didn’t affect the choice to cut the joke; the network merely felt it was in poor taste, in light of the serious allegations circling around the case. So just what the heck was the joke, anyways?

Now we know…kind of. Although EW couldn’t learn the exact text of the joke, a source close to the production tells EW that the joke involved the suggestion that Murdoch himself was listening in on a phone call. Alec Baldwin, as the President of Television, was having a phone conversation, when he suddenly expressed indignation that someone might be hacking him, saying something to the effect of “Rupert, is that you?” (The source reiterated to EW that the joke was censored out of a feeling that it wasn’t appropriate to be making light of such a serious matter.) So now you know everything.

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