According to Deadline Hollywood, 30 Rock star / creator Tina Fey, along with Bob Greenblatt, the first openly gay chairman for a broadcast network at the time, have responded to Tracy Morgan‘s homophobic remarks that he made during a stand up show.
During Morgan’s stand up set in Nashville last Saturday at the Laugh Factory, the 30 Rock co-star reportedly joked about the possibility of his son being gay that he would “put [in] a knife and stab” him. Since then there has been an uproar within the gay-rights community, who demanded an apology from the comedy star.
“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 said in a statement.
The gay rights community were not the only ones who wanted to stand up against the words of Tracy Morgan.
Bob Greenblatt, Chairman NBC Entertainment and Saturday Night Live’s Tina Few had a few words to share as well.
“I speak for NBC and myself personally when I say we do not condone hate or violence of any kind and I am pleased to see Tracy Morgan apologizing for recent homophobic remarks in his stand-up appearance. We will always recognize an artist’s freedom to express him or herself, but not when reckless things are said no matter what the context. Unfortunately, Tracy’s comments reflect negatively on both 30 Rock and NBC — two very all-inclusive and diverse organizations -– and we have made it clear to him that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated.”
“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.
I hope for his sake that Tracy’s apology will be accepted as sincere by his gay and lesbian coworkers at 30 Rock, without whom Tracy would not have lines to say, clothes to wear, sets to stand on, scene partners to act with, or a printed-out paycheck from accounting to put in his pocket.
The other producers and I pride ourselves on 30 Rock being a diverse, safe, and fair workplace.”
Check out the ABCNEWS report on Tracy Morgan’s anti gay remarks, courtesy of abclocal.go.com