Before the show even began, controversy broke out at the "63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards." Alec Baldwin, who had been scheduled to appear in the pretaped opening skit, asked producers to dump him partly because a phone-hacking scandal joke didn't make it into the final version of the vignette.
Baldwin, who did not attend the awards ceremony Sunday night, confirmed by Twitter an earlier report in Deadline that said his News Corp. gag was cut. "Fox did kill my News Corp. hacking joke," he wrote. "Which sucks bc I think it would have made them look better. A little."
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