ALEX Baldwin announced he was not attending the Emmys on Twitter because he had a joke about newspaper phone hacking cut, it was reported today.
The actor was furious when a skit about the News Of The World scandal was banned by bosses at Fox, which was broadcasting the event.
Both the News of the World and the broadcaster are owned by Rupert Murdoch's company News Corporation, and Baldwin claims they ordered him to axe the act.
Angry about the censorship he wrote: 'Fox did kill my NewsCorp hacking joke. Which sucks [because] I think it would have made them look better. A little.'
And he addressed the issue again when he posted: 'If I were enmeshed in a scandal where I hacked phones of families of innocent crime victims purely for profit, I'd want that to go away too.'
Baldwin binned the Emmys in favor of Tony Bennett's 85th Birthday Gala Benefit for Exploring the Arts at The Metropolitan Opera House in New York.