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Alec Baldwin skipped the Emmys because of Tony Bennett, not Rupert Murdoch

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While it seemed to receive yet another win for The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons with resounding apathy, the far less controversial, really, absence of fellow Best Actor nominee Alec Baldwin was the Emmy-related kerfuffle the Internet couldn't stop talking about last night, seeing as it supposedly spawned from the News Of The World phone-hacking scandal (currently settling for being the second-sexiest phone-hacking scandal to happen this year). And like so many Internet shit-fits, it all started with a simple tweet: After Baldwin commented on his Twitter feed that Fox had trimmed his joke mocking Rupert Murdoch’s grand folly from the broadcast’s video intro—then added, “I understand NewsCorp killing that joke. 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” like a sardonic, muckraking Prince—many assumed that Baldwin was so incensed by the censorship that he skipped the show entirely, or that Murdoch had had him killed. In fact, as Entertainment Weekly reports today, the truth is that Baldwin wasn’t there simply because he chose to attend Tony Bennett’s 85th birthday party instead, which is an understandable yet incredibly boring reason. We hope your enjoyment of "The Shadow Of Your Smile" outweighs the disappointment you've brought to the Internet today, Alec Baldwin.