The absence of Baldwin, a nominee, from the Emmys show sparked rumors claiming he refused to participate because Fox, which was airing the program, cut out a joke he planned to make about network owner News Corp.
Asked about the buzz during a press conference in New York, EW.com said Baldwin replied, "I didn't skip the Emmys because of that … I skipped the Emmys because of this -- because I wanted to be here."
Baldwin said he agreed to serve as host of the Bennett gala before the date for the Emmys show was announced.
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