LOS ANGELES (CBS SF) – CBS won the third most awards at the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles Sunday night, behind HBO & PBS. The ceremony aired by Fox opened with a pre-taped comedy sketch that generated controversy because Alec Baldwin’s part was cut after he included a joke about the News Corp. phone hacking scandal. Fox is a unit of News Corp.
Baldwin tweeted that Fox killed the 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.
Leonard Nimoy stepped in and the bit was retaped. It featured host Jane Lynch celebrating television in a musical number, singing about TV as “a vast wonderland, a kingdom of joy in a box.”
“Oh, there’s Betty White. She’s the reason we start the show at 5 p.m.” Lynch cracked during her opening monologue.
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