Isaiah Washington, is that you? On Friday, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) issued a statement calling on Tracy Morgan’s management team to investigate claims that the professional side-splitter made anti-gay remarks during a show in Nashville earlier this month.
Turns out, no investigation is needed.
Morgan — who won a 2010 Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Tracy Jordan on the NBC comedy 30 Rock — issued a mea culpa of his own just moments ago. In his public tail-tucking, Morgan apologizes for going “too far” during his controversial June 3 set at Tennessee’s Ryman Auditorium.
Say it ain’t so, Hustle Man!
“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 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,” Morgan remarked to The Huffington Post in the wake of the brewing scandal.
Morgan — a sober alcoholic — allegedly told the sold-out crowd: “Gays need to quit being pussies and not be whining about something as insignificant as bullying” — an obvious dig at the scores of young gays who have taken their lives over the past year after being tormented at the hands of their classmates. He later suggested that being homosexual was something kids “learn from the media and programming,” and said he would stab his own son if he ever talked to him “in a gay voice.” Afterward, Tracy told the crowd: “I don’t fucking care if I piss off some gays, because if they can take a fucking dick up their ass … they can take a fucking joke.”
Several audience members reportedly walked out of the show following the remark, prompting the venue to issue a statement apologizing to those offended by Morgan’s routine:
“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.”