Tracy Morgan Apologizes for Gay Jokes

They 'clearly went too far,' he says

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 10, 2011 12:57 PM CDT

(Newser) – Tracy Morgan is up with a quick apology after reports surfaced of a string of nasty anti-gay jokes he made on stage. "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 said in a statement to the Huffington Post. "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."

He wasn't kidding about the "violent" part: In one of the bits, he talked about stabbing his own son if he were gay. Click for more on the story, including an audience member's account.

Tracy Morgan speaks at the First Annual Comedy Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on March 26 in New York City.
Tracy Morgan speaks at the First Annual Comedy Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on March 26 in New York City.   (Getty Images)
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