Twitter offers fans a front row seat on the behind the scenes drama which unfolds during major award ceremonies. Alec Baldwin in a good case in point. Baldwin kept his Twitter followers appraised of his reasons for pulling out of the Emmy telecast last night.
Baldwin pulled out of the Emmy telecast after a joke about News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch was cut from a segment that he had recorded to open the broadcast. EW confirmed the story, originally reported by Deadline.
On Thursday before the Emmy broadcast on Sunday, Baldwin tweeted to this followers “I did a short Emmy pretape a few days ago. Now they tell me NewsCorp may cut the funniest line.”
Rumors indicated that Fox was uncomfortable including a joke that Baldwin made that had to do with Murdoch and the much-publicized phone-hacking scandal. As a result they had it cut from Baldwin’s script.
When EW talked to Fox, the network was very clear that the decision to cut the joke was made at the Fox level — not by anyone at News Corp.
When the joke ended up on the cutting room floor, Baldwin no longer wanted his segment to be part of the broadcast and Fox consequently re-shot the clip with Leonard Nimoy.
Baldwin then tweeted, “Fox did kill my NewsCorp hacking joke. Which sucks bc I think it would have made them look better. A little.”
All of this is a little odd because the Emmy broadcast did include a public apology and well wishes message directly from the lips of Charlie Sheen to his Two And A Half Men cast. He also wished Ashton Kutcher well in the new role on a recent broadcast of NBC Today.
While Charlie's messages were wonderful and appeared heartfelt, they also seemed to make the audience a tad uncomfortable.
But that's Hollywood.
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