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Fox says it cut a News Corp. phone-hacking joke by Alec Baldwin from an Emmys skit to avoid being seen as making light of the scandal, Variety reports.

Baldwin was set to play a fictional network television exec in the opening bit, in which he was to make a crack about News Corp.'s Rupert Murdoch and the ongoing phone-hacking scandal in the U.K. Fox, which is owned by News Corp., said it decided to ax the joke because it took the hacking allegations very seriously.

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After the joke was cut, Baldwin asked to pull out of the skit, and the network agreed. He was replaced by Leonard Nimoy

, who taped the bit without the joke."I understand NewsCorp killing that joke," Baldwin tweeted Sunday afternoon. "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."

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Baldwin, who's nominated for 30 Rock, will not attend the Emmys, as he will be at Tony Bennett's birthday celebration/auction in New York. He tweeted last week that he voted for rival Steve Carell (The Office). The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards airs Sunday at 8/7c on Fox. Tune in Monday at 8/7c for Kathy Griffin's Emmys Aftermath on TV Guide Network.