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Morgan Apologizes

My Gay Jokes Were

NOT FUNNY

6/10/2011 9:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Tracy Morgan just issued an apology  for the homophobic "jokes" he told during a performance in Nashville last Friday -- saying he "went too far" and his act was "not funny in any context."

Tracy Morgan

In the statement, which Morgan sent to several gay rights groups, the comic says, "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 adds, "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.

As TMZ previously reported, Morgan ignited a firestorm for the homophobic content in his act -- in which he said he would stab his son if he acted gay.

Back in Morgan's "Saturday Night Live" days, the actor starred in a sketch called" Homocil" -- in which he takes pills to "deal" with the fact that his son is gay.






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DetroitRocks DetroitRocks

"He apologized for one reason only. He realized he might be in danger of hurting his career. 30 Rock has been slipping anyway. I say fire his ass"

RichInGB RichInGB

Remember when Richard Pryor would drop N bombs on stage, or Eddie Murphy, or whoever in the 70's and 80's? The whole crowd laughed. I bet if Morgan was openly gay, nobody would give a crap. People have become overly PC, IMO. He's a comedian, it's an act.

Marie Marie

Unless Tracy Morgan participates in the gay parade next month then I will accept his apology. Saying he is sorry is not enough.

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Paul Paul

"For those who don't get it....being gay isn't "what you are"...it's "who you are"...and what he did was he meant to destroy the core of a persons spirit....so stop saying gays are being too sensitive...it's way deeper than that....if we're "too sensitive" well your just way too shallow for anyone I'd want to know....and I as a gay man never sit around thinking about what other people do in bed..gay bashers do...to me they are the ones that need some serious help..."

Freshlycrown3d Freshlycrown3d

He says crazy off the wall stuff all the time ,why are people act like this is something new its not.

justmyopinion justmyopinion

come ON..this guy isn't even funny, never was..he talks like a 7-year-old who spews out every curse word he knows just to see if he can get a reaction..that's comedy? NOPE. He's lucky he's friends w/Tina Fey--probably the reason he's still on tv.

dOoOshie dOoOshie

...NEWS...FLASH...NEWS...FLASH...NEWS...FLASH... Some people don't like gay people. Some people don't like black people, white people, Christians, Muslims, etc. If you don't like what he says don't listen. Isn't it about time for another Kardashian Nip Slip...

Mike44090 Mike44090

Why is it that people are ready to accept Tracy Morgan's apology but when it was Michael Richards rant against black his career was over, Could it be that gay's are STILL considered second class citizens in this country?

DetroitRocks DetroitRocks

He apologized for one reason only. He realized he might be in danger of hurting his career. 30 Rock has been slipping anyway. I say fire his ass.

DetroitRocks DetroitRocks

"He apologized for one reason only. He realized he might be in danger of hurting his career. 30 Rock has been slipping anyway. I say fire his ass"

RichInGB RichInGB

Remember when Richard Pryor would drop N bombs on stage, or Eddie Murphy, or whoever in the 70's and 80's? The whole crowd laughed. I bet if Morgan was openly gay, nobody would give a crap. People have become overly PC, IMO. He's a comedian, it's an act.

Marie Marie

Unless Tracy Morgan participates in the gay parade next month then I will accept his apology. Saying he is sorry is not enough.

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Michele    

I am blonde - that is WHO I am. Blonde jokes are just that - JOKES! Lighten up Paul.

1198 days ago
137.

tgrfan42069    

lawl...******* make gay jokes all the time..no outrage..and some of them are filthy as hell.yet a straight man makes a gay joke and the ******* get butt hurt...all these ****** bitching about **** left and right is getting old.

1198 days ago
138.

tgrfan42069    

you cant be proud of who you are unless you can laugh at yourself every now and then..george carlin was an athiest im a christian and i would laugh at some of his jokes.

1198 days ago
139.

tgrfan42069    

Marie 41 minutes ago

Jaymalls 12 minutes ago
Gay/Lesbian people were not born that way. If you believe that... your nuts!!! A anus was made to excrete body waste not get penetrated.

Your argument is useless to God because God is not a pimp therefore God does not care about who sleeps with who. God only cares about the shape of our souls. If you are evil you go to Hell. If you are good you go to Heaven. God is not going to put heterosexuals in Heaven and gays in Hell. God does not collect heterosexual porn. God does not care about sex. Some animals are born hermaphrodites, heterosexuals, gays, asexuals and God created them all. If you don't like it that's too bad. The world belongs to everybody not just the heterosexuals. By the way I am heterosexual but thank God I am not homophobic like you.
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actually your point makes no sense..if god didnt care about what sex mated with each other..a man could reproduce with another man and a woman could reproduce with another woman.there is a reason that it takes a man and a woman to reproduce.if no one was straight then civilization would die off.so arguing that is moot.also in the bible it says man should not lay with mankind and like wise women with women kind and beast.

1198 days ago
140.

mcgyver6566    

thank you tgrfan42069.... that is what I am saying.

1198 days ago
141.

Kari    

It annoys me that he is still trying to call these hate filled words "jokes"---NOTHING WAS FUNNY!! He's an angry, hate-filled loser.

1198 days ago
142.

ron    

ROGUE WARRIOR ARE YOU THE LAST PERSON ON EARTH THAT DIDN'T KNOW HARVEY IS GAY

1198 days ago
143.

Observer    

Paul writes:

"For those who don't get it....being gay isn't "what you are"...it's "who you are"

Really Paul? So a person's entity is based on sexual actions? I thought the human spirit went deeper than that.

"...and what he did was he meant to destroy the core of a persons spirit...."

Destroy, a persons spirit? You really think that was his intent? Even so, that's some weak azz spirit then.

"so stop saying gays are being too sensitive...it's way deeper than that...."

Yea... it's called 'INTOLERANCE' toward those that don't think or believe on YOUR terms.
'Supposedly' the Same thing the 'community' fights viciously against daily.

Such Hypocrisy.

"and I as a gay man never sit around thinking about what other people do in bed..gay bashers do..."

Paul... I've lived in Hollywood over 15 years and if you don't, then your the minority. There's not nearly a single conversation my buddies, from 'Both' sides of the fence, don't interject sex one way or the other.

Time to be intellectually honest, time to stop practicing intolerance toward those that don't part the same meat wave you do.
I couldn't care 'less' what someone's sexual preference is.
And I don't judge they're 'Spirit' based on it either.

Grow up.

1198 days ago
144.

tgrfan42069    

Marie 41 minutes ago

Jaymalls 12 minutes ago
Gay/Lesbian people were not born that way. If you believe that... your nuts!!! A anus was made to excrete body waste not get penetrated.

Your argument is useless to God because God is not a pimp therefore God does not care about who sleeps with who. God only cares about the shape of our souls. If you are evil you go to Hell. If you are good you go to Heaven. God is not going to put heterosexuals in Heaven and gays in Hell. God does not collect heterosexual porn. God does not care about sex. Some animals are born hermaphrodites, heterosexuals, gays, asexuals and God created them all. If you don't like it that's too bad. The world belongs to everybody not just the heterosexuals. By the way I am heterosexual but thank God I am not homophobic like you.
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actually your point makes no sense..if god didnt care about what sex mated with each other..a man could reproduce with another man and a woman could reproduce with another woman.there is a reason that it takes a man and a woman to reproduce.if no one was straight then civilization would die off.so arguing that is moot.also in the bible it says man should not lay with mankind and like wise women with women kind and beast.

1198 days ago
145.

Ricky    

Hi! Well...uh.... listen and watch the **** that the comedians said in the '70's and '80's. I think that Tracy Morgan....baby... is just a victim of political correctness. By the way... check out my blog on my celebrity encounters at www.theexceptionaldiary.blogspot.com. If you fall asleep while reading it then I promise that I'll give you your money back. Yay to the balloon-y type women!

1198 days ago
146.

tgrfan42069    

exactly ricky..not to mention movies like friday and dont be a menace making fun of black stereotypes you didnt see the black community whining

1198 days ago
147.

thekabsin    

I agree with Marie, everything she said. She is simply saying that god is not preoccupied with sexual activity as much as god is concerned with intention. If your will is good then you are not evil. People used to believe that they could go to hell for masturbating. Let gay people do what they want, spread the word of equality but don't interject when someone disagrees. Especially when it is a comedian joking about stabbing his son if he were gay. As far as the bullying topic goes, people do need to chill out on this. I was bullied, called a f** a whole lot for dying my hair and all sorts of stupid little things I did as a teenager and I am still here. People are always going to put down things that they don't understand and people will always group together to gang up on those that they oppose. There are bigger issues in the world and I am glad that this apology came off as insincere because these GLAAD people need to relax. I do not walk around all day acting better than people because I am straight. What I do with my genitals does not define me as a person. I do not live a heterosexual lifestyle, I just wake up and do what I like and what I have to in order to survive. Gay people should be able to get married/have all the same rights that I do. When Tracy Morgan actually stabs a gay person, lets get angry but until then I don't see the issue in a comedian exaggerating how he feels about gay people. Oh, and yes it is disgusting that no one in the media brought up the use of the N word. I do not object to him doing so but I don't see how you can mention one without the either despite the gay comment being the point of focus.

1198 days ago
148.

VictorG    

Tracy Morgan'*****e-filled homophobic murderous rant cannot be condoned. He should be fired by NBC Universal and 30 Rock immediately. What he did is far worse than anything Charlie Sheen did, and Two and a Half Men makes way more money than 30 Rock, so I would think Morgan can be easily be replaced. Can you imagine if Neil Patrick Harris made the same kind of comments about black people? Write to NBC, RebeccaMarks@nbcuni.com
Kathy.Kelly-Brown@nbcuni.com
Contact Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin, stars & producers of 30 Rock
on Twitter
@AlecBaldwin
@NotTinaFey
#FireTracyMorgan
Tina Fey is on Facebook as Elizabeth Tina Fey

1198 days ago
149.

GADI    

It was a comedy show, get over it, if he said it on a personal level , he is sick in the head, learn to laugh people. I believe if the Dice Man could have dominated the late 80´s and early 90´s with his comedy we should be alright with what tracy morgan said.

1198 days ago
150.

Brian    

I wi***** was just the "gay" jokes that weren't funny.

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