Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan returned to Nashville Tuesday to apologize for his June 3rd stand-up performance at the Ryman Auditorium, the New York Times reports. The show was condemned by communities including the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) after news of Morgan's anti-gay remarks quickly circulated the Web.
Among the anti-gay comments made during the June 3rd performance Morgan stated that if his son was gay he better come home and talk to him like a man...or he would pull out a knife and stab [him], according to a Facebook post by an audience member.
The actor was criticized by his professional colleagues.
I'm glad to hear that Tracy apologized for his comments. Stand-up comics may have the right to 'work out' their material in its ugliest and rawest form in front of an audience, but the violent imagery of Tracy's rant was disturbing to me at a time when homophobic hate crimes continue to be a life-threatening issue for the GLBT Community. It also doesn't line up with the Tracy Morgan I know, who is not a hateful man and is generally much too sleepy and self-centered to ever hurt another person, the New York Times reports actress, comedian and 30 Rock executive producer Tina Fey said in a statement.
Morgan met with teens at New York City's Ali Forney Center, the nation's largest organization serving homeless gay and transgender youth Friday, ABC News reports. Carl Siciliano, director of the Ali Forney Center, recalled Morgan began to cry as soon as the meeting was over.
I don't really see gay or straight, I just see human beings now. From the bottom of my heart, I apologize to everybody, USA Today reports Morgan said.
Watch Morgan speak out below.