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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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MrDoGood    

Why can't anyone express an their opinion these days? All these organizations "fighting" for "equality" are just organized bullies. If you don't like someone or some thing, who is anyone to say that you aren't entitled to your opinion?

People should stop caving in to all of these "demands for apologies" and just say, "Its my opinion" and let it be.

There will never be a day when everyone gets along, so stop trying.

1046 days ago
122.

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.

1046 days ago
123.

God-Of-Lyf    

That's BS that he is back peddling now. Just like "they" have the right to be gay, he has a right to his opinion! I think what he said was funny as h3ll and screw those who didn't like it.

1046 days ago
124.

washout22    

To define yourself based on actions that have to do with putting up the hoooohaw or goggling someones knob is just absurd. It deserves to be openly mocked. You all should and ,probly are, ashamed of yourselves. You think if we accept this abnormal behavior your shame will disappear, but nope. All you c### s###ers need to find girlfriends and quit grossing the normal people out.

1046 days ago
125.

Jaymalls    

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 #FACT! What Tracy said was way over the top... dont get me wrong. But 80% of what he said was true. Your not gonna stop bullying. It happens in school and in the workplace. Its the result of takeovers (Government & Private Sector), War, Religion, etc. People just need 2 stop crying and MAN THE **** UP!!! Its a natural instinct all animals (humans are animals) have... only the strong survive. Ultimately, this is how leaders made and separated from the pawns! #FACT

1046 days ago
126.

Robert    

An apology by him is too easy...this is the 2nd time. I think I would like to see him visit the parents o*****ay teenager who committed suicide after being tormented and bullied relentlessly...or the homeless gay teenager who was kicked out of the house because he was gay. He needs to really GET IT! And I don't think he does!

1046 days ago
127.

stonermoog    

handing out a lame apology in order to try and stop people being angry with him for showing his true colors is just stupid. you said all that, you obviously believe it. if you want to be out as a homophobe you've basically made it clear that's what you are. why are you apologizing if this garbage is how you truly feel?
i'm horribly disappointed and disgusted with tracy. i've always loved him as a guest on the stern show but now, i'll never consider myself a fan of thi*****eful, cruel, mean person again. i would hope that howard would not bring him back or if he did bring him back then bring him on when george is there and TEAR HIM TO PIECES for what he said. he deserves to be publicly shamed and humiliated. i hope this affects his career negatively. he needs to learn that there are consequences for his nasty actions. so uncool. and so stupid.

1046 days ago
128.

Marie    

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.

1046 days ago
129.

Marie    

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

1046 days ago
130.

washout22    

He shouldnt have to appologize for telling it how it is about a bunch of tird miners. A dirt farmer should be mocked for his appeal to vacationing in brown town. Tracy should never appologize to a but pirate for telling the truth. Anyone that gets skewered in the hoohaw for pleasure deserves all the criticism they get. the perverts need to find girlfriends and quit grossing everyone out.

1046 days ago
131.

U Got B**CH Slapped    

Just cause he's a celebrity, doesn't give him the right to go on stage and make fun of and put people down. Gay, straight, white, black...it doesn't matter. Point is he shouldn't have done that, his ass should be fired cause clearly this shows what kind of person he is. Apologizing isn't going to make people suddenly forget what he said, and it isn't going to make people think better of him. Most likely it's going to happen again, in some way or another cause clearly he's an ignorant, insensitive person.

1046 days ago
132.

mcgyver6566    

OK. Here goes.... I am gay. No big deal. No one in this country has the right to not be offended. Otherwise, no one could make any remark deemed as offensive, towards gays, mexicans, or any other minority in the United States Of America. If you don't like what some one says, don't listen to it...simple as that. Mr. Morgan has a right to say anything he wants, just like the rest of us. I get really pissed off at my gay community when they demand to say what they want but anyone who crosses them must be punished for what they say....think about it...

1046 days ago
133.

nitsuD    

TMZ is GAY for running this story and trying to discredit TRACY MORGA*******Y is just a word people SHUT THE HELL UP or your GAY TOO!

1046 days ago
134.

Observer    

Apologize for what??
What... is gay in comedy now banned? Wow, the double standards.

Tracy for one... is NOT funny. It's hard for me to understand how this guy still get's a check.

Yet to put a person who has sex with it's own gender on an endangered species list, on a pedestal higher than other humans due only one thing, they're sexual preference...?
Talk about picking and choosing yet demanding free speech and rights?
Hypocrites.

1046 days ago
135.

nyc44th    

so called 'celebrities' / politicians / etc showing their true colors . . . then apologizing AFTER the fact JUST to save their asses is getting REALLY old!

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