'30 Rock's' Tracy Morgan issued an apology for his June 3 stand-up which reportedly included anti-gay jokes. Morgan was performing in Nashville, Tennessee, at the Ryman Auditorium when he made what has been described as homophobic remarks.
Morgan stated: 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.
I'm not a hateful person and don't condone any kind of violence towards others. . . While I am an equal opportunity jokester, and my friends known what is in my heart, even in a comedy club this clearly went too far and was not funny in any context.
However it seems that Morgan truly offended Kevin Rogers who was in the crowd that night. Rogers wrote on a Facebook Note, The sad thing is that none of this rant was a joke.
He continued, His entire demeanor changed during that portion of the night. He was truly filled with some hate towards us [the gay community].
As far as I could see 10 to 15 people walked out. I had to fight myself to stay seated, but I knew if I got up... he won. He wanted to piss people off and get a rise.
The Ryman Auditorium also issued a statement to CNN in light of the event. The statement said: The Ryman Auditorium regrets that people were offended by statements made by Tracy Morgan during his June 3 appearance.
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.
Morgan's statements have also piqued the interest of The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). On their website, GLAAD stated: We've spoken to Rogers via email, and we have been trying to confirm his account of the performance, either through other members of the audience that night, or through Morgan himself.
We've reached out to Morgan's management, as has Truth Wins Out, and have not yet heard from them.
GLAAD has offered to arrange a meeting with Morgan and a family whose son or daughter has been the victim of a crime due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. They have also offered to have a meeting with Morgan and 'LGBT young people who have been hurt by parental rejection.'