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Alec Baldwin, to play a fictional president of television, bowed out of the opening video for the Emmys last night when Fox cut a joke he made about Rupert Murdoch’s phone-hacking scandal.

Alec tweeted, “Fox did kill my NewsCorp hacking joke. Which sucks bc I think it would have made them look better. A little.”

A source close to Baldwin said the issue wasn’t the fact they cut the line but that it was done after he taped what he thought was a “cohesive bit” and that the editing would affect the pace and flow of the skit. Consequently, Leonard Nimoy replaced Alec and re-did the skit without the joke.

Baldwin added, “If I were enmeshed in a scandal where I hacked photos of families of innocent crime victims purely 4 profit, I’d want that 2 go away, 2.”

Fox claimed the joke was cut because they take the hacking allegations very seriously and didn’t want to look like they were making light of the situation.

Probably also because widdle Rupert Murdoch went “wah wah, tell that mean man to stop making fun of me on my own network or else I’m taking my ball and going home.”