Alec Baldwin Opts for Tony Bennett's Birthday Party Instead of Emmy Awards

Dan Evon

Alec Baldwin was scheduled to appear at the 63rd Emmy Awards last night, but the 30 Rock star never showed. It was initially reported that Baldwin decided to skip the Emmys after a joke about Rupert Murdoch was cut from one of his sketches, but it turns out, Baldwin just wanted to attend Tony Bennett's birthday party.

Entertainment Weekly reports that Baldwin had agreed to host Bennett's birthday gala long before the Emmy Awards were scheduled. Baldwin told reporters last night at the party:

“I didn’t skip the Emmys because of that (Murdoch joke)... I skipped the Emmys because of this (Bennett's Birthday)... because I wanted to be here.”

Baldwin tweeted last night:

“I did a short Emmy pretape a few days ago. Now they tell me NewsCorp may cut the funniest line.”
“Fox did kill my NewsCorp hacking joke. Which sucks bc I think it would have made them look better. A little.”

Do you think Alec Baldwin is telling the truth? Did he really miss the Emmy Awards to attend Tony Bennett's birthday party? Or is he just trying to avoid a little scandal with the Fox Network?