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Tracy Morgan Apologizes For Anti-Gay Tirade at Nashville Show

Tracy Morgan is apologizing after a man who attended the comedian's recent Nashville show revealed that the '30 Rock' star launched into an anti-gay tirade last week like nothing he had seen.

Among other things Morgan is alleged to have said he would "pull out a knife and stab" his son if he were gay during the show at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.

"I have very thick skin when it comes to humor; I can dish and I can take," writes Kevin Rogers, who was in the audience that night.

"What I can't take is when Mr. Morgan took it upon himself to mention about how he feels all this gay shit was crazy and that women are a gift from God and that 'Born this Way' is bullshit, gay is a choice, and the reason he knows this is exactly because 'God don't make no mistakes' (referring to God not making someone gay cause that would be a mistake)."

"He said that there is no way a woman could love and have sexual desire for another woman, that's just a woman pretending because she hates a f--king man."

"He took time to visit the bullshit of this bullying stuff and informed us that the gays needed to quit being pussies and not be whining about something as insignificant as bullying."

Rogers said Morgan thought that "gay was something kids learn from the media and programming."

"He said if his son that was gay he better come home and talk to him like a man and not (he mimicked a gay, high pitched voice) or he would pull out a knife and stab that little N (one word I refuse to use) to death."

"Tracy then said he didn't f--king care if he pissed off some gays, because if they can take a f--king d-ck up their ass, they can take a f--king joke."

"None of this rant was a joke," says Rogers. "His entire demeanor changed during that portion of the night. He was truly filled with some hate towards us."

In his apology, Morgan says he's 'not a hateful person'.

"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," he says. "I'm not a hateful person and don't condone any kind of violence against others."

"While I am an equal opportunity jokester, and my friends know what is in my heart, even in a comedy club this clearly went too far and was not funny in any context."

Meanwhile, NBC is also strongly condemning Morgan's remarks.

"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," says NBC's entertainment chief Robert Greenblatt.

"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."

"I speak for NBC and myself personally 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."

June 13, 2011 |

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