Fox wound up editing out a phone-hacking joke from its Emmy telecast opening number Sunday night, which featured Jane Lynch interacting with the casts of comedy and drama shows. 30 Rock co-star Alec Baldwin had made the joke.
Baldwin, a nominee for best actor in a comedy, did not attend the awards, tweeting just beforehand: "If I were enmeshed in a scandal where I hacked phones of families of innocent crime victims purely 4 profit, I'd want that 2 go away, 2."
Fox parent News Corp. has been hammered by a phone-hacking scandal in Britain that caused it to close down its News of the World tabloid and launch an internal investigation. Parliament has also held hearings.
A Fox spokesperson confirmed Sunday that the joke had been excised, saying that given the seriousness of the phone-hacking allegations, the network did not think it was appropriate to make light of it on its own Emmy telecast.