Tracy Morgan issues statement about anti-gay rant

Tracy Morgan speaks onstage at the First Annual Comedy Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on March 26, 2011, in New York. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Tracy Morgan, March 26, 2011, in New York.
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(CBS) Tracy Morgan has issued an apology - of sorts - through a representative for his homophobic rant last week during a stand-up performance in Nashville, Tenn. 

"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," the statement  read. " 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."

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Audience member Kevin Rogers wrote a lengthy Facebook note called "WHY I NO LONGER 'LIKE' Tracy Morgan - A MUST READ." In that note, he described comments made about gay men and women in which Morgan said gays needed to quit whining about bullying and that being gay is a choice.

Perhaps the most inflammatory thing Morgan said concerned his son. From Rogers' note,

"[Morgan] 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."

The Human Rights Campaign issued a statement which reads in part, "Hateful remarks that mock youth suicides and the very real emotional and sometimes physical bullying LGBT kids face on a daily basis have no place in a comedy routine."

The HRC said Morgan's employer, NBC Universal, also must "condemn these atrocious comments."

NBC has not yet responded to our request for comment.

In a statement, Jarrett Barrios, president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation said NBC had taken "an important first step by condemning anti-gay violence" but urged the network to "push Morgan to tell his fans that such violence is not only not funny, but unacceptable."

Read our original report here.

  • David Riedel

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