Tracy Morgan, the American comedian best known for his role on '30 Rock', has apologised for his homophobic rant at a recent stand-up show in Nashville. Tracy Morgan allegedly delivered a flurry of distasteful jokes that left some fans of the comedian stunned.
After pressure grew on the comedian to apologise, Morgan issued a statement to the Hollywood Reporter, saying, "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", adding, "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". Morgan had allegedly told the Nashville crowd, "Gays need to quit being pussies and not be whining about something as insignificant as bullying", before claiming that being homosexual was something taught by the media. The 42-year-old later joked he would stab his son if he acted gay, leading some of the audience to walk out of the venue. The Ryman Auditorium, where the comedian was performing, apologised to those offended by the statements, saying, "The Ryman does not control the content presented by people appearing on its stage, nor does it endorse any of the views of, or statements made by, such persons".
In January 2011, Tracy Morgan hit the headlines after making derogatory remarks about Sarah Palin during the pre-game coverage of the Miami Heat and New York Knicks Nba game. Network Tnt were forced to apologize for the comments on live television.