Tattle: Fox just can't take a joke

Posted: September 19, 2011

ELLEN GRAY'S TAKE on last night's Emmy Awards is on Page 40, but here's some of the celebrity drama that occurred before the show:

EW.com and deadline.com report that Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock") pulled out of the show after Fox cut a joke in his pretaped segment about News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch.

Fox, which aired the Emmys, is owned by News Corp., and baby bear didn't want to anger papa bear.

The joke was apparently about the much-publicized News of the World phone-hacking scandal, which compelled Murdoch and his son to testify before British Parliament.

Fox reps told EW.com that the joke was not cut because it mentioned Murdoch but because it was in poor taste.

And the winner for best nonsensical fib goes to . . .

After Alec walked, Fox reshot the clip, sans joke, with Leonard Nimoy.

In other bad-taste news

Deadline.com reported yesterday that pressure was put on the producers of last night's show not to have Charlie Sheen as a presenter.

"Two and a Half Men" creator Chuck Lorre, who's being sued by Charlie over his termination from the show and was a frequent punching bag last season for Charlie's insults, confronted TV Academy chairman John Shaffner, who just so happens to work as a production designer on "Men" and another Lorre series, "The Big Bang Theory."

Deadline says Lorre reportedly demanded that Charlie's planned appearance be cut from the broadcast. Bruce Rosenblum of Warner Bros. TV, which produces "Men" and is also being sued by Charlie, also reportedly asked Fox chairman Peter Rice to drop Sheen from the show.

Rice refused.

Remember the neediest

The stars who came by the Nokia Theatre to rehearse for the Emmys were invited backstage to the HP Touchsmart Gift Lounge, where HP gave away notebook computers and made a donation to the TV academy's nonprofit foundation for each celeb who stopped by.

David Boreanaz ("Bones") came to the suite with his family and was among the stars who collected bedazzled toasters, sneakers made from recycled plastic water bottles, designer sunglasses, Centrum vitamins, Nautica watches and a $700 hair dryer.

The HBO Luxury Lounge at the Four Seasons Hotel drew LL Cool J, Loretta Devine, "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner, actresses Cloris Leachman and Lorraine Bracco, Penny Marshall and "Entourage" star Jerry Ferrara.

They must have been bummed they weren't at the spot giving out $700 hair dryers.

However, they could visit a mini spa for L'Oreal manicures, makeovers, hairdos and hot shaves. They could sip cocktails inspired by HBO shows such as "True Blood" and "Boardwalk Empire" in the Klipsch listening lounge; and they could gather lots of goodies, from handbags to headphones to high-end $680 UppaBaby Vista strollers (outfitted with shock absorbers and an organic bassinet with a pullout sun shade). Also for the taking: Blue diamonds from jeweler Sophia Fiori; Brahmin leather handbags (popular Saturday with actress Melissa Joan Hart and TV personality Samantha Harris); indestructible steel "True Blood" headphones by V-MODA; and vegan footwear from Michael Antonio Shoes.

Ah, Hollywood. Even the shoes are vegan.

Daily News wire services contributed to this report.



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