Update: Per the New York Times, Morgan has released a statement of apology for his offensive remarks. "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. 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.” Check out what led to this apology below. [via NYT]
Last Friday night, Tracy Morgan performed his stand-up routine in Nashville, Tenn. for a crowd of adoring fans. At least they were adoring until Morgan unleashed a torrent of homophobic slurs, as reported by TMZ.
"Gays need to quit being p***ies, and not be whining about something as insignificant as bullying," Morgan allegedly said during his act. "Gay is something that kids learn from the media and programming."
Later, he joked that he would "stab" his son "to death" if he spoke to him "in a gay voice."
After the set ended, Morgan apparently told the crowd that it was only a joke. "I don't f*cking care if I piss off some gays," he reportedly said, before adding another homophobic remark after that.
GLAAD has come out against Morgan, but is waiting to see whether the remarks were actually made. "We call on him to remove these violently anti-gay remarks from his show and send a strong message that anti-gay violence is not something to joke about."
As for his part, Morgan's 30 Rock co-star Alec Baldwin is taking this latest controversy in stride. "Oh that Tracy," he wrote on Twitter.