The comedian took to the stage at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee for a comedy show on June 3, but the fun ended when Morgan made a series of offensive comments about homosexuality, telling the crowd he would “stab” his son if he was gay.
Morgan issued an apology after the story hit the headlines and invoked the wrath of gay rights groups, stating:
“I want to apologize to my fans and the gay & lesbian community for my choice of words at my recent stand-up act in Nashville. I’m not a hateful person and don’t condone any kind of violence against others…Even in a comedy club this clearly went too far and was not funny in any context.”
Read Tiny Fey’s and NBC’s statements regarding this Tracy Morgan mess…
I’m glad to hear that Tracy apologized for his comments. Stand-up comics may have the right to “work out” their material in its ugliest and rawest form in front of an audience, but the violent imagery of Tracy’s rant was disturbing to me at a time when homophobic hate crimes continue to be a life-threatening issue for the GLBT Community.
It also doesn’t line up with the Tracy Morgan I know, who is not a hateful man and is generally much too sleepy and self-centered to ever hurt another person.
I hope for his sake that Tracy’s apology will be accepted as sincere by his gay and lesbian coworkers at 30 Rock, without whom Tracy would not have lines to say, clothes to wear, sets to stand on, scene partners to act with, or a printed-out paycheck from accounting to put in his pocket.
The other producers and I pride ourselves on 30 Rock being a diverse, safe, and fair workplace.
Bob Greenblatt, Chairman NBC Entertainment:
I speak for NBC and myself personally (Greenblatt is an openly gay man) when I say we do not condone hate or violence of any kind and I am pleased to see Tracy Morgan apologizing for recent homophobic remarks in his standup appearance. We will always recognize an artist’s freedom to express him or herself, but not when reckless things are said no matter what the context. Unfortunately, Tracy’s comments reflect negatively on both 30 Rock and NBC – two very all-inclusive and diverse organizations – and we have made it clear to him that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated.