- Associated Press - Sunday, September 18, 2011

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A taped comedy routine by Alec Baldwin for the Emmy Awards has been cut because it contained a joke about the News Corp. phone hacking scandal.

The actor was to be part of an opening video for Sunday night’s ceremony airing on Fox, a News Corp.-owned network. But he tweeted before the awards that the network had killed his joke about the hacking scandal in Britain involving the now-closed News of the World tabloid.

Fox said it believed the joke was inappropriate to make light of an issue being taken very seriously by the company.